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Crimson Sunbird Male

Crimson Sunbird Male
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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: 2019-01-16
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D7200, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2019-01-20 0:39
Viewed: 267
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Got my Tamron 150-600mm long lens recently and took this first picture of a Crimson Sunbird with it.

The crimson sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) is a species of bird in the sunbird family which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding the young. Flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird, but usually perch to feed most of the time.

The crimson sunbird is a resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India, through Bangladesh and Myanmar to Indonesia. Two or three eggs are laid in a suspended nest in a tree. This species occurs in forest and cultivated areas.

Crimson sunbirds are tiny, only 11 cm long. They have medium-length thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations to their nectar feeding.

The adult male has a crimson breast and maroon back. The rump is yellow and the belly is olive. The female has an olive-green back, yellowish breast and white tips to the outer tail feathers.

In most of the range, males have a long green-blue tail, but A.s. nicobarica of the Nicobar Islands and the former subspecies A. vigorsii (Western crimson sunbird) of the Western Ghats of India lack the long central tail feathers. Their call is chee-cheewee.

The crimson sunbird has become the unofficial national bird of Singapore.


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Hello Ram,
Congratulation for this outstanding capture. Very sharp image and with perfect focus. Your new Tamron 150-600 mm works fantastic.....

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2019-01-20 2:44]

Hi Ram,great shot despite the very difficult location of this sunbird hidden in the branches. The best DOF to have the best details,a very bright red too,i like it! Have a nice SUnday and thanks,Luciano

WONDERFUL image sir with your new lens.

hallo Ram
beautiful colored bird with nice composition
gr lou

This is indeed a very nice shot.I have a dream to see this fellow one day.

Hi Ram,

The branches are framing well the bird. The point of view ia ahowqing the details of the Crimson Sunbird. The light is making the colours to stand out. Have a nice day.


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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 160 W: 0 N: 435] (8652)
  • [2019-01-20 22:11]


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  • periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 70 W: 2 N: 145] (1487)
  • [2019-01-22 18:10]

Hi Ram
Cute bird, in striking colors and interesting beak.


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