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Flipside Loten's sunbirds are usually very swift, and are hyper-active during the day time. Also, they are hard to spot while they aren't air borne because of their dark appearance, especially under shade. Bangalore,Cinnyris lotenius,Fall,Geotagged,India,Karnataka,Loten's sunbird,endemic,long-billed sunbird,peninsular India Click/tap to enlarge

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Loten's sunbirds are usually very swift, and are hyper-active during the day time. Also, they are hard to spot while they aren't air borne because of their dark appearance, especially under shade.

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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/11.0
  • 1/250s
  • ISO400
  • 300mm