Sunbird on my Finger

Sunbird 1

Haiku 142

Sit on my finger

As light as any feather

Tiny green wild thing


I walked into my lounge the other day and heard a fluttering sound coming from the window. On investigating I found a tiny trapped male Lesser Double-Collared Sunbird, desperately trying to get out of the closed window.

Sunbird 1

There was no time to take any good photos, as he was clearly distressed and I was worried he would harm himself.

Just approaching him to try to open the window freaked him out even more and the frantic flapping of wings increased.

Sunbird 2

Very slowly I reached past him and opened the window as much as it would open; which was not a lot. This window is never opened and was very hard to move.

I thought he would simply fly away, but he was too confused and still kept bashing against the window pane.

I tried to guide him gently towards the open part, but he panicked even more.

Sunbird 3

Finally, I cupped my hands around him very carefully and edged him towards the opening. He stopped struggling immediately and was perfectly calm in my hands.

I opened my hands to let him fly away, but he hopped onto my finger instead and sat there quite happily.

This was a wild bird! I felt blessed by his trust.

In the end I put my whole hand out of the window, with the tiny Sunbird still perched on my finger.

Sunbird 4

Finally he realised he was free to go and flew straight up into the Poinsettia tree. He sat there for a few minutes to get his bearings and recover from his ordeal. Then he flew off to be about his business.

This is the second time we’ve had a Sunbird in the house. The previous time I also had to scoop the poor bird up in my hands and take him outside and place him on the honeysuckle bush. (This is the first photo)


Since these tiny birds are so cute, here are a few fun clips of humming birds, snoring and drinking sugar water.


41 thoughts on “Sunbird on my Finger

  1. A Curious Introvert

    How amazing that you were trying everything to set him free while he was waiting for a little hug!😁 What a wonderful story and rescue and such a beautiful bird to have perched on your finger.πŸ™‚

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  2. Murphy's Law

    I love hummingbirds. In fact, I just made a fresh batch of sugar water for their feeders. I’ve had them buzz around my head and perch on my shoulder, but never lucky enough to settle on my hand. What a thrill that must have been! These tiny creatures are so beautiful and so fascinating to watch. Sadly, in a few weeks they will leave this area to head south.

    I like happy endings, and this was a great one! He’ll be back to visit you Sci. You’ve both made a wonderful new friend. I swear, you’re the Little Wild Critter Whisperer!! β˜ΊοΈπŸ€—
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      haha Thank you. I was very happy! πŸ˜€
      Yes, the little guys are living in or near our garden and I expect more visits as the honeysuckle flowers again. πŸ™‚


  3. Judith

    Years ago I had a tiny little titmouse who would come to join me for breakfast each morning. I would leave the door to the porch open, and little Tommy would fly in, perch on the edge of my plate, and partake of my meal with me. The first time he opened his beak and let out a titmouse call, I nearly freaked out! I couldn’t imagine such a big sound coming from such a little bird.

    I loved reading about your experience with the sunbird. I’m glad it had such a very happy ending and that all is well. I wonder if he might come back to visit you again. πŸ™‚

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Aw that is such a sweet story. How lucky you were. πŸ˜€
      Thank you – I’m sure the sunbird will be back, but hopefully stay in the garden with the honeysuckle! πŸ™‚

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