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Purple Sunbird - Male Sunbird, common name for tropical, Old World birds, including more than one hundred species in the family Nectariniidae. Like the unrelated New World hummingbirds, to which sunbirds are often compared, sunbirds have long and slender, highly curved bills, tube-shaped tongues, and feed primarily on nectar and small insects. However, they perch when feeding rather than hovering as the hummingbirds do. Birds,Cinnyris asiaticus,Fall,Geotagged,India,Nikon D7100,Purple sunbird,branches,details,india,leaves,sunbird,tamron,tree,wildlife Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Purple Sunbird - Male

Sunbird, common name for tropical, Old World birds, including more than one hundred species in the family Nectariniidae. Like the unrelated New World hummingbirds, to which sunbirds are often compared, sunbirds have long and slender, highly curved bills, tube-shaped tongues, and feed primarily on nectar and small insects. However, they perch when feeding rather than hovering as the hummingbirds do.

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  1. Cinnyris bifasciatus is only found in Africa, Cinnyris asiaticus is the one found in India. Posted 4 years ago
  2. Updated Species; thanks for the heads-up. Appreciate that. Posted 4 years ago
  3. Stunning bird, and photo! Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thank you Claire! Posted 4 years ago
  4. Well done man, you caught the light beautiful on the bird's reflective coat. Posted 4 years ago
    1. Thank you! Posted 4 years ago
  5. What a great shot and subject. As we also have these iridescent beauties (other species) in Africa, I know well how difficult it is to get to "show" the colors, especially on dark plumage. The light was perfect for you. Well done. Posted 4 years ago
    1. Yeah, was lucky to get this shot. Thank you for you kind words. I've few more interesting photos of this bird will be posting them soon. Posted 4 years ago

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The purple sunbird is a small sunbird. Like other sunbirds they feed mainly on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. They have a fast and direct flight and can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird but often perch at the base of flowers. The males appear all black except in some lighting when the purple iridescence becomes visible. Females are olive above and yellowish below.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Ganesh Seshachar
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By Ganesh Seshachar

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Uploaded Jan 21, 2015. Captured Nov 30, 2014 14:49 in Sinai Avenue, Kada Agrahara, Karnataka 562149, India.
  • NIKON D7100
  • f/6.3
  • 1/800s
  • ISO500
  • 450mm