- Cinnyris asiaticus
10–11 cm (4-4¼ in) long.
The bill is thin and curved downwards. Their tongues are tubular and brush tipped.
Adult breeding male: Mainly glossy purple.
Adult male, eclipse plumage: Yellow-grey upperparts and a yellow breast with a blue central streak extending to the belly.
Female: Yellow-grey upperparts and yellowish under parts, and a faint supercilium.
This is one of the many Sunbirds that have recently been moved to the genus Cinnyris from the genus Nectarinia.
There are 3 subspecies:
- C. a. brevirostris:
- C. a. asiaticus:
- C. a. intermedius:
Forest and cultivation.
Their main source of food is nectar, though they also eat insects, spiders and fruit, particularly mistletoes and grapes.
They build a suspended nest in a tree laying 1-3 eggs.
Flight is fast and direct. They can take nectar whilst hovering, but more usually perch to feed.
The call is a humming zit zit.
A complex series of calls forms a song, as heard in the clip below.
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- Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2018. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2018. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
- Trek Nature
- Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved Nov 2017)
- BirdForum Opus contributors. (2021) Purple Sunbird. In: BirdForum, the forum for wild birds and birding. Retrieved 21 January 2021 from https://www.birdforum.net/wiki/Purple_Sunbird