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Web, A. (2014). Crimson Sunbirds.

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1.2 Singapore's unofficial national bird

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Chew, H. (2015). Is the crimson sunbird Singapore's national bird? Er... not official yet. The Straits Times. Retrieved from http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/environment/is-the-crimson-sunbird-singapores-national-bird-er-not-official-yet

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1.3 Not a hummingbird


Crimson sunbirds and other sunbirds are often mistaken for hummingbirds due to their similar appearance in terms of size and colouring. However, this is actually a result of
convergent evolution, as both fulfil similar ecological niches by feeding on nectar and therefore play a key role in pollination. Sunbirds and hummingbirds are not closely related at all - hummingbirds' closest cousins are actually swifts and nightjars

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Jarvis, E. D., Mirarab, S., Aberer, A. J., Li, B., Houde, P., Li, C., ... & Suh, A. (2014). Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds. Science346(6215), 1320-1331.

 . In addition, sunbirds and hummingbirds do not coexist anywhere in the world. Sunbirds are found in Asia, Africa and Australia while hummingbirds are found only in North and South America

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Marshall Cavendish Corporation (2001). Endangered wildlife and plants of the world (1st ed., p. 1423). New York: Marshall Cavendish.

 . So the next time you're confused as to whether a bird you've seen is a sunbird or a hummingbird, all you have to do is know which continent you're on!

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