The Purple Sunbird

The Purple Sunbird

The Male Purple Sunbird in a perfect alert pose a click I took from my neighbourhood very recently.

The purple sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) is a small species of 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.

The Females are olive above and yellowish below.


The species is distributed widely from WEST ASIA through INDIAN SUBCONTINENT.They are resident birds in most parts of their range and do not move large distances and found mostly in thin forest and garden land, including those in dense urban areas even.

Local movements are however noted especially in the drier parts of northwestern India and Pakistan where they are said to arrive in large numbers before summer.

The movements of these birds are not well understood. A male ringed in Bharatpur was recovered in Dehra Dun, 350 km north as evidenced.

It’s a very cute and tiny bird hopping from plant to plant in search of nectar found in almost every part of India.

I have tried to capture some beautiful shots from my neighbourhood with compilation of the information from various web sites just to enrich my knowledge base & to make every one of us aware to create a feeling that….

They too need to survive on this Planet which is day by day becoming a hostile land in the name of neo-development.


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