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Purple Sunbird - Male

Purple Sunbird - Male
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Copyright: Vinay Sinha (vinaymms) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 34 W: 0 N: 118] (635)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-11-27
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 1000D, Canon EF 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS USM
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-01-05 20:52
Viewed: 2728
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) is a small sunbird. They primarily feed on nectar, however, they may also eat insects, especially when feeding young. They are seen in pairs or small groups and aggregations may be found in gardens with suitable flowers. 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 purple sunbird has distinct sexual dimorfism. The males appear all black except in some lighting when the shining purple iridescence becomes visible. Females are olive above and yellowish below.

This picture is of a male sunbird taken in okhla Bird Sanctuary in Noida (India). I will be posting a picture of female sunbird in my next post tomorrow.


Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Passeriformes
Family: Nectariniidae
Genus: Cinnyris
Species: asiaticus

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Sunbird

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2011-01-06 2:20]

Hello Vinay,
this is a real lovely bird, and really a beautiful flower. You have the moment well captured, only it is a bit not sharp.
If not this is going to be a masterpiece.
Anyway it is still lovely and pretty.


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