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Purple Rumped Sunbird (Immature Male)

Leptocoma zeylonica


Purple-rumped Sunbirds are tiny at less than 10 cm long. They have medium-length thin down-curved bills and brush-tipped tubular tongues, both adaptations to their nectar feeding. Purple-rumped Sunbirds are sexually dimorphic. The males have a dark maroon upperside with a blue-green crown that is visible in some angles. There are violet patches on the throat and rump which are visible only in good lighting. There is also a maroon breast band. In the Western Ghats, it can overlap in some areas with the Crimson-backed Sunbird but that species has reddish upperparts. The female has a white throat followed by yellowish breast. There is a bright green shoulder patch. The upperside is olive or brownish. The uppertail coverts are black and a weak supercilium is visible. The nominate form is found in Sri Lanka and has a more bluish violet throat whereas the Indian form flaviventris (two other proposed populations whistleri from Maddur in Karnataka and sola from Pondicherry are subsumed) has a more pinkish tinge.


Purple-rumped Sunbird is a common resident breeder in southern India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It is found in Gujarat to the west


Sorry for uploading very invisible pictures of this bird, but want to know which one Bird is this,

No species ID suggestions


Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago

Thanks Avinash,

Avinash Hindupur
Avinash Hindupur 6 years ago

Maybe its immature male of Purple Rumped Sunbird, see this image.

Sachin Zaveri
Sachin Zaveri 6 years ago

Thanks Avinash, looking forward for that,

Avinash Hindupur
Avinash Hindupur 6 years ago

Looks like a female Sunbird to me. The light blue shiny patch should give some clue. The problem is almost all female sunbirds look the same from this distance.

અમદાવાદ (Ahmedabad), Gujarāt, India

Lat: 23.07, Long: 72.51

Spotted on Jan 28, 2012
Submitted on Feb 1, 2012

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