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Purple banded Sunbird ? Kwando river, Namibia

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Old Monday 13th May 2019, 14:39   #1
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Purple banded Sunbird ? Kwando river, Namibia

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another sunbird from my recent trip to Namibia that I am rather unable to identify. The overall dark and green look and the shortish bill could match purple-banded. Any opinions ?
Kwando River (Namushasha Lodge), Zambezi, Namibia - 29/04/2019
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Coppery?
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Probably Amythyst, Quentin.
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I agree with Coppery Sunbird. They often look patchy. Amethyst is black all over with only some colours on forehead and throat.
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Thank you all for sharing your opinion and experience. I had not considered Amethyst nor Coppery, the latter's shorter bill length fits this bird better (how relevant is this really ?), which makes it a good candidate along with Carl's remarks.
I would have expected a bit of purple iridescence (rather than green) but this may also have to do with the evening light ?
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the latter's shorter bill length fits this bird better (how relevant is this really ?
In images like this, especially of birds with iridescent plumage, structural differences such as length and shape of bill are far more solid characters to go on than perceived colour in an image.
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I agree with Coppery Sunbird. They often look patchy. Amethyst is black all over with only some colours on forehead and throat.
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In images like this, especially of birds with iridescent plumage, structural differences such as length and shape of bill are far more solid characters to go on than perceived colour in an image.
This is true, but angle can change length and perceived shape, so care is needed.

This bird reminded me of an immature male Amethyst I saw in or around the Finger Klipp lodge in Namibia in 2013, so I ruled out Copper on range at the time, as it was nowhere near the range of Copper.

I am unfamiliar with Copper, so I can't comment on the similarity to that species.
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