nectar drinking crimson-backed sunbird
|Copyright: Kedar Hegde (hegdekedar)
|Date Taken: 2010-11-22|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2010-12-02 22:12|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|Crimson-backed Sunbirds are tiny, even by sunbird standards, and are only 8 cm long. They have medium-length thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations for nectar feeding.|
The adult male is velvety red on the mantle and wing coverts and there is a broad red breast band. The crown is shiny green and there are pink-violet patches on the throat and rump. The underside from the breast below is yellowish. There is a black edge to the bib that separates the yellow of the underside. The larger Purple-rumped Sunbird can appear very similar but this has darker maroon on the upperside and the flanks and vent are whitish. The eclipse plumage (non-breeding) of the male has more olive on the head and velvet red is restricted to the lower mantle and wing coverts. The female is olive-brown but the rump is distinctly red. They may be found in good numbers in flower-rich gardens at the edges of forests or plantations.
The calls include short chik calls and longer chee-chee-which-chee
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Although a tad oof, it may be a TN first if not among only 1,2others.nice addition.