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Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus)
This little nectar feeding bird is most commonly mistaken for a hummingbird as both are seen drinking nectar from flowers. While hummingbirds hover around the flowers, these sunbirds prefer to perch on a branch and drink. Seen mostly in gardens in our campus, these birds have high pitched calls, heard even from far away and can be helpful in spotting these.
1. Shiny purple-blue black coat on males, and dull brown for females.
2. Small yet typically rounded nectar feeding beak.
3. A small maroon patch near shoulders.
4. Same shiny purple-black-blue underparts for breeding males and yellow dull underparts for non breeding males with black streak.
5. High pitched calls coming from flowery trees.
Here are some pictures showing all these distinctive features.
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