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Cinnyris asiaticus

Cinnyris asiaticus
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Copyright: Ram Thakur (ramthakur) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4316 W: 231 N: 14052] (56953)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-06-05
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 70-300 4-5.6 APO DG MACRO, 58mm UV
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-06-05 0:24
Viewed: 1157
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Taken today morning from the terrace of my first floor apartment. Low light conditions prevailed, but no flash was used. The patch of over-exposure on the neck was caused due to light bouncing off shiny feathers. The male is in its mating plumage though the indications of early eclipsed phase are also discernible.

The purple sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) 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, C. 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 season.


The species is distributed widely from West Asia through the Indian subcontinent and into Southeast Asia. They are resident birds in most parts of their range and do not move large distances. They are found mainly on the plains but going up to 2400 m in southern India and up to 1700 m in the Himalayas.


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hello Ram
très belle présentation de cet oiseau, on peut apprécier
les magnifiques couleurs du plumage.
Bonne journée

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2015-06-05 1:27]

Hi Ram,the sharpness isn't the best this time,but i know how isn't easy from this distance to have the best result.Very nice pose and bright colors,beautiful sunbird,i like it! Have a nice weekend and thanks,Luciano

Bonjour Ram,
L'éclairage me paraît insuffisant pour bien mettre en valeur la finesse des détails et la délicatesse des couleurs.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

Ciao Ram, great capture of lovely bird in nice pose, fantastic metallic colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciso Silvio

hallo Ram
nice shot of this beautiful coloured bird
thanks gr lou

Hello Ram,
Despite the light condition and the moving shy bird, I think this was a great opportunity to take a shoot with this interesting and lovely bird.
Excellent natural colors.

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