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Purple Sunbird


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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.

Distinctive Identifiers:

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.

Purple Sunbird

Purple Sunbird - Male in breeding plumage

Purple Sunbird - Male in breeding plumage

Purple Sunbird - Male in breeding plumage

Purple Sunbird - Male in non breeding plumage

Purple Sunbird - Male in non breeding plumage

Purple Sunbird - Male in non breeding plumage

Purple Sunbird - Male in non breeding plumage


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About Avinash Hindupur

Im an Android developer, IIT Guwahati alum. Also a birder, wanderluster & serial hobbyist. Exploring world, one step at a time.

Discussion

27 thoughts on “Purple Sunbird

  1. lovely pictures – I adore sunbirds 🙂

    Posted by Slowvelder | February 14, 2012, 8:47 PM
  2. Hindupur .. beautiful pictures and a lovely log. I am inspired by your ‘enjoys every moment in life’. Way to go.

    Posted by Dilip | February 14, 2012, 8:58 PM
  3. The bird’s head is beautiful 🙂

    Posted by Northern Narratives | February 14, 2012, 11:30 PM
  4. Great pictures and the article is very informative.

    Posted by Ray | February 15, 2012, 2:23 AM
  5. Reblogged this on MY BLOG ~.

    Posted by josephdonaghy6515 | February 19, 2012, 5:02 PM

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