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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 Sharad
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Uploaded Jul 7, 2016. Captured Jul 6, 2016 08:08 in Block 17, Malaysian Twp, K P H B Phase 5, Kukatpally, Hyderabad, Telangana 500072, India.
  • Canon EOS 600D
  • f/6.3
  • 1/400s
  • ISO160
  • 300mm