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Loten's Sunbird Cinnyris Lotenius - commonly known as "Loten's Sunbird" is endemic to Peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Its long bill distinguishes it from the similar purple sunbird that is found in the same areas and also tends to hover at flowers. Like other sunbirds, it feeds on small insects and builds characteristic hanging nests. The species is named after a colonial Dutch governor of Ceylon, Joan Gideon Loten. Bangalore,Cinnyris Lotenius,Cinnyris lotenius,Fall,Geotagged,India,Loten's Sunbird,Loten's sunbird,Peninsular India,bird,endemic,fly Click/tap to enlarge

Loten's Sunbird

Cinnyris Lotenius - commonly known as "Loten's Sunbird" is endemic to Peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Its long bill distinguishes it from the similar purple sunbird that is found in the same areas and also tends to hover at flowers. Like other sunbirds, it feeds on small insects and builds characteristic hanging nests. The species is named after a colonial Dutch governor of Ceylon, Joan Gideon Loten.

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The Loten's sunbird, long-billed sunbird or maroon-breasted sunbird, is a sunbird endemic to peninsular India and Sri Lanka. Its long bill distinguishes it from the similar purple sunbird that is found in the same areas and also tends to hover at flowers. Like other sunbirds, it feeds on small insects and builds characteristic hanging nests. The species is named after a colonial Dutch governor of Ceylon, Joan Gideon Loten.

Similar species: Passerines
Species identified by Avinash Krishnamurthy
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By Avinash Krishnamurthy

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Uploaded Oct 3, 2015. Captured Oct 2, 2015 17:03 in Unnamed Road, Vijaya Vittala Nagar, Arasanakunte, Bengaluru, Karnataka 562123, India.
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • f/13.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO400
  • 220mm