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Purple Sun- Bird

Purple Sun- Bird
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Copyright: Anil Purohit (purohit) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16 W: 12 N: 82] (787)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-04
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200 with MB-200, AF Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8D ED
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-09-10 5:56
Viewed: 3034
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have taken this shot of male purple sunbird at my backyard. The Purple Sunbird (Nectarinia asiatica) 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.
This small sunbird has a relatively short bill, a dark and short square ended tail with distinctive sexual dimorphism. Less than 10 cm long they have a down-curve bill with brush-tipped tubular tongues that aid in nectar feeding. The male is glossy metallic purplish black on the upper parts with the wings appearing dark brown. The breeding male has the underparts also of the same purplish black, but non-breeding males may show a central streak of black on yellow underparts. (Birds in this eclipse plumage were once designated as a species currucaria. In the breeding plumage, the male can be confused with the syntopic Loten's Sunbird which has a long bill and distinctive broad maroon band on the breast. Breeding males will sometimes show their yellow pectoral tufts in displays. There is a patch of bright blue on the shoulder of breeding males. The maroon shine on the feathers of the collar around the neck is visible mainly during the breeding seasons.

Females are olive brown above with yellowish underside. There is a pale supercilium beyond the eye. There is a darkish eye stripe. The throat and breast are yellow becoming pale towards the vent. The outer tail feathers are tipped in white both in the male and female.

They are seen in pairs or small groups and aggregations may be found in gardens with suitable flowers. They feed mainly on nectar but also take fruits and insects. Groups of as many as 40 to 50 individuals have sometimes been noted.


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Good photo, especially in the yield of different shades of blue of plumage.

Dear Anil, greetings from Chennai;
Good God, this is truly beautiful, the color the composition and the character. wonderful shot my friend. FRANCO.

Hello Anil,
Beautifully captured this hyper active bird. I did saw this little bird in Dibba but couldn't captured a decent shot. Well composed image. TFS - Regards.

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  • ankit (8)
  • [2010-09-11 20:20]

Hello Anil,
a beautiful shot of this purple sunbird, he have a great pose
I like the shiny blueish parts o his plumage.
very well done.

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  • bipin (2)
  • [2010-09-11 20:24]

Hi Anil,
I like these beautiful little birds and this one has been very well taken!

This is an excellent shot of this little busybody, literally, if I may.
I love DOF you've selected, which gives us a very nice perspective.
The POV you've chosen is definitely the USP of this shot!

Nice photo of this pirple sunbird
Thanks for sharing
Regards Nihal

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