Monthly Archives: March 2015

Purple Sunbird Photo Guide

I invite you to take a brief tour through images of this tiny bird which is widespread all over India.I have handpicked images which captures the key features of the bird. By seeing these photos, and reading the tips below, you can get familiar with this bird. However,I encourage you to make your own mental notes of features you find unique and striking.
nectarinia asiatica

Photo Courtesy of J.M.Garg @ Kolkata,West Bengal, Jan 2008

Here is a male bird, looking very grand in his shiny breeding plumage.He has a relatively shorter beak compared to the similar looking Loten’s sunbird.This guy’s belly is so much more darker, its a bluish black rather than the smokey brown of the Loten’s sunbird. If you sighted the bird in the southern peninsular India, then these tips will help you distinguish this guy from the Loten’s sunbird, who is found only there. Continue reading

Purple-rumped Sunbird Photo Guide

I invite you to take a brief tour through images of this tiny bird.This guy is absent in northern India.I have handpicked images which captures the key features of the bird. By seeing these photos, and reading the tips below, you can get familiar with this bird pretty quickly. However,I encourage you to make your own mental notes of features you find unique and striking.
Leptocoma zeylonica male

Photo Courtesy of drcaesarphotography @ Nov 2012

Here is a male bird, taking a break from nectar feeding I guess. He has an ovreall pattern of brownish maroon upper parts. Lower parts are predominated by bright yellow.As you can see, the sides are white.The iridescense is visible on crown and neck.Note the metallic shoulder patches and the red eyes. Continue reading

Purple-rumped Sunbird Leptocoma zeylonica

Key Features The purple sunbird is a very active, tiny bird.Males have deep brownish maroon upper body and a bright yellow belly and white sides. Metallic hues on head and neck are visible under good lighting.Female birds are dull grey brown above,ashy white neck,yellow belly and white sides.
Range
Found all over southern India spreading north into central India, extending west into Gujarat and east into Assam.Missing from northern India. It adorns not only forests but also urban gardens.
purple-rumped sunbird index img

Photo1 Courtesy of Arthur Chapman, Photo2 Courtesy of Anton Croos
Sound Courtesy of Pamela C. Rasmussen, AV#15941 . Accessible at avocet.zoology.msu.edu/recordings/15941.

Purple Sunbird Cinnyris asiaticus

Key Features The purple sunbird is a tiny bird with a typical sunbird beak.Males have metallic hues under good lighting, else appear purplish black during breeding season.They appear quite similar to females once breeding season ends, but retains some vestigial color.Female birds are dull grey brown above and pale yellow below. Range Found practically throughout India except very high elevations.It adorns not only forests but also urban gardens.
cinnyris asiaticus

Photo1 Courtesy of Shanthanu Bhardwaj, Photo2 Courtesy of David Brossard
Sound Courtesy of Rajgopal Patil, XC207247 . Accessible at Accessible at www.xeno-canto.org/207247.

Loten’s Sunbird Photo Guide

I invite you to take a brief tour through images of this tiny bird. I have handpicked images which captures the key features of the bird. By seeing these photos, and reading the tips below, you can get familiar with this bird. However,I encourage you to make your own mental notes of features you find unique and striking.
Cinnyris lotenius

Photo Courtesy of Vivekpuliyeri @ Nilambur,Kerala, Jul 2013

This is the male bird. He looks resplendent in his shiny upper plumage, doesn’t he? The lower plumage is blackish brown.Did you notice that he is sticking out his tubular tongue? This along with the very long slender bill aids in feeding nectar from flowers.The bill is much longer than the more widespread purple sunbird and the plumage browner. Continue reading