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Purple sunbird

Cinnyris asiaticus

Description:

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.

Habitat:

Inside IIM Trichy campus, Tamilnadu.


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4 Comments

Nidhin Basheer
Nidhin Basheer 2 years ago

Thank you for the nomination AshleyT :)

AshleyT
AshleyT 2 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Nidhin Basheer
Nidhin Basheer 2 years ago

Thank you DrNamgyalT.Sherpa :)

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 2 years ago

Beautiful photography Nidhin!

Nidhin Basheer
Spotted by
Nidhin Basheer

Tamil Nadu, India

Lat: 10.76, Long: 78.81

Spotted on Dec 13, 2016
Submitted on Dec 13, 2016

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