Sunbird pollination

Title Info
Common name Sunbird; Aloe
Scientific name Nectariniidae; Liliaceae
Source Dan L. Perlman
Ecological interactions Mutualism
Mutualism Pollination
Selection and adaptations Selection
Selection Convergence; Morphology
Organisms Animals
Animals Birds
Date August 01, 2003
Location Tarangire National Park,Tanzania,Africa

Sunbird pollinating an aloe flower, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania. Sunbirds are small birds that mostly take nectar from long, tubular flowers while carrying pollen from one flower to another--much like hummingbirds. The two groups are not closely related, however. The main ecological difference between these convergent groups is that hummingbirds can hover and sunbirds cannot. Sunbirds live only in the Old World while hummingbirds live only in the New World.