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Purple Sunbird

Purple Sunbird
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Copyright: Anil Purohit (purohit) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16 W: 12 N: 82] (787)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-04-24
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D200 with MB-200, AF Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8D ED
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/160 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): The Heaven of Black-bucks -- Tal Chhapar Sanctuary [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-08-22 6:56
Viewed: 4023
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I have taken this shot of female purple sunbird at Tal Chhapar Sanctuary.The Purple Sunbird (Nectarinia asiatica) is a small sunbird. Like other sunbirds they 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.
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. (Birds in this eclipse plumage were once designated as a species currucaria. In the breeding plumage, the male can be confused with the syntopic Loten's Sunbird which has a long bill and distinctive broad maroon band on the breast. Breeding males will sometimes show their yellow pectoral tufts in displays. There is a patch of bright blue on the shoulder of breeding males. The maroon shine on the feathers of the collar around the neck is visible mainly during the breeding seasons.

Females are olive brown above with yellowish underside. There is a pale supercilium beyond the eye. There is a darkish eye stripe. The throat and breast are yellow becoming pale towards the vent. The outer tail feathers are tipped in white both in the male and female.

They are seen in pairs or small groups and aggregations may be found in gardens with suitable flowers. They feed mainly on nectar but also take fruits and insects. Groups of as many as 40 to 50 individuals have sometimes been noted.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-08-22 7:23]

Hello Anil,
Beautiful photo of this sunbird. Good sharpness, details and natural colours. Very nice POV and an excellent composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-22 7:28]

Hello Anil,
A very fine capture of a juvenile Purple Sunbird. You can see this is a juvenile by looking at the base of the bill. The sharpness, colours, POV and composition against a neutral Bg are excellent.
Thanks and best regards,

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2010-08-22 8:04]

Hi Anil,

Nice representation of this cute bird. The pose, colors and sharpness arevery good. TFS.


Hello Anil,
Excellent capture with such great details and superb natural colours.
Lovely composition and good POV.

Hola Anil

Que te puedo decir de esta imagen, que es fantastica, una toma excelente, bien contrastada y perfecta nitidez. Y que los colores conseguidos son muy agradables a la vista. Perfecta composición y POV.

Un saludo de Antonio

Hi Anil,

a great shot from this bird with good pov and dof.
Fine colours.


Hi Anil,
What superb clarity. A love capture of this female purple sunbird. Very well composed with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-23 9:10]

Hello Anil,
This is a lovely capture of this beautiful little Sunbird showing it in a lovely pose. Wonderful light and colours and excellent sharpness. A lovely soft background too and well composed!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Dear Mr.Anil, Greetings from Chennai;
A very beautiful and a sharp photo of this cute little Sunbird. I also like the over all composition very artistic Indeed. Thanks for sharing. FRANCO.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-08-24 19:56]

Hello Anil,
Beautiful species with a long curved beak. Superb camera work throughout results in this high quality image to view. Great work Anil, thank you.

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  • GaryT Gold Star Critiquer [C: 102 W: 7 N: 236] (160)
  • [2010-08-25 5:55]

Excellent shot. Good color and sharpness. Gary

Hi Anil,
Splendid small bird on a vague bottom which gives all the value to the subject. Cheer

Hallo Anil,
a very beautiful capture of the Purple Sunbird, very good sharpness and marvellous natural colours, excellent POV and composition
Best regards

Hi Anil,

The branches are framing well the bird. The point of view is showing with precision the details and co;ors of the Purple Sunbird. Ther is a good contrast between the colors of the bird. Have a nice day.


Hi Anil,
An excellent shot with beautiful coloration, great sharpness & fine details. Well done & TFS.

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2010-09-02 20:35]

A beautiful shot of this sunbird, Anil!
Nice composition with sharp details.
Great profile and composition.
TFS. : )

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  • ankit (8)
  • [2010-09-03 17:56]

Hi Anil
This is an excellent shot with very nice colors, sharpness, and details. Well done.

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  • bipin (2)
  • [2010-09-08 2:07]

Hi Anil,
The image has excellent details, a clean BG that brings out the subject and fine colors. It's also well-composed.Great image.
Best regards!

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