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Copyright: rajan rajwade (Mrajan) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 22 W: 0 N: 29] (143)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-13
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2009-08-02 8:06
Viewed: 3242
Points: 16
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The Purple-rumped Sunbird, Leptocoma zeylonica (formerly placed in the genus Nectarinia), is a sunbird endemic to the Indian Subcontinent. Like other sunbirds, they are small in size, feeding mainly on nectar but sometimes taking insects, especially when feeding young. They can hover for short durations but usually perch to feed. They build a hanging pouch nest made up of cobwebs, lichens and plant material. Males are brightly coloured but females are olive above and yellow to buff below.

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
Purple-rumped Sunbird is a common resident breeder in southern India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. It is found in Gujarat to the west [3] (possibly a recent expansion [4]) and extending into Assam (Hailakandi[5]) or Meghalaya[2] in the east. Records from Myanmar are not certain.[2] This species is found in a variety of habitats with trees, including scrub and cultivation and is usually absent from dense forest.
They breed through the year and may have two broods,[6] but mainly during the monsoons.[2] The nest is made up of fine plant fibres, cobwebs and is studded on the exterior with lichens, bark pieces, flying seeds and other materials. The nest is lined with soft fibres from seeds of Calotropis.[7] The nest is placed on the end of branch and the entrance usually faces a bush.[8] Nests may sometimes be built close to buildings or under open porches.[9] The clutch consists of two eggs which are oval pale greenish and white with spots and streaks becoming more dense at the broad end. When collecting cobwebs they are often seen at windows of homes. Two to three eggs are laid in a suspended nest in a tree. The chicks fledge in about 17 days. Helpers, females or possibly juveniles from the previous brood may sometimes assist the parents in feeding the young.[10]

some day will post the female sunbird image. information posted with the help of Wikipedia.

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Good feather detail and the bird is well shown against the lighter background.


An awesome shot!These are so difficult to capture!

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-08-02 8:57]

Hi Rajan. This is a bird we dont see to often on TN so thanks for posting this one. Taken from a good POV with fine detail and colours. well done TFS.

Hola rajan

Bonita captura
y bonitos contrastes, del pajaro y la planta.

Un saludo Antonio

Hello Rajan,
a very beautiful capture of the Purple-rumped Sunbird, good sharpness and beautiful natural colours, very good POV and nice composition, not easy to take this bird among the leaves.
Best regards

Hello Rajan
You've captured a cute little Purple-rumped Sunbird. A good portrait but
the detail is a little soft so I did a workshop to try and sharpen a bit. Good composition and excellent note.
TFS Janice

Hi Rajan,

Superb shot! Nice lighting and good capture! Well DOne


Thanks for your kind comment on my new picture, Rajan.
Unfortunately, I'm usually absent from TN for days on end due to work.
Still, I have had a quick look at your portfolio, and it is quite impressive.
This picture of a Sunbird is well captured from a difficult POV.
The eye of the bird is in sharp focus, and that's what matters in a bird picture.
Keep shooting and all the best.

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