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The Purple Sunbird

Cinnyris asiaticus


The Purple Sunbird is a small sunbird that 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. (


The species is distributed widely from West Asia through the Indian Subcontinent and into Southeast Asia.

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maplemoth662 6 years ago

Your welcome, VincentVanur....

VincentVanur 6 years ago

Thank you, maplemoth662

maplemoth662 6 years ago

Four, very beautiful photos....

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Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Jan 22, 2013
Submitted on Jan 22, 2013

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