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Purple-rumped sunbird

Leptocoma zeylonica

Description:

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 for nectar feeding. Purple-rumped sunbirds are sexually dimorphic. The males have a dark maroon upperside with a blue-green crown that glistens at some angles, bright green shoulder patch and violet/purple rump patch which is generally hidden under the wings. The underparts are whitish with dark throat, maroon breast band and purple/violet patch in the throat which is visible in some angles. The iris is generally reddish in color.

Habitat:

Spotted in my backyard, Ettumanoor Kerala.

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Nidhin Basheer
Spotted by
Nidhin Basheer

Kerala, India

Spotted on Dec 28, 2016
Submitted on Dec 28, 2016

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