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Sunbird sp. from Nizwa, Oman, August 2019 (1 Viewer)


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The following picks of a female or juvenile Sunbird sp. were taken at Al Hamra, near Nizwa, in northern Oman, in the morning of 5 august 2019.

I know that it should be a Purple Sunbird based solely upon distribution (purple being the only species breeding in the north), but it looks small, short tailed (moult?), short billed, strongly tinged yellow and with a pale supercilium, thus somewhat recalling Nile Valley Sunbird to me. The last is a rare vagrant in central and northern Oman, outside the southern desert areas: could it be a straggler?

Thanks for your opinions




Ciao, Igor


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For comparison, this are photos of a female (juv ?) Nile Valley Sunbird taken in Mudayy, southern desert of Oman, in the morning of 13 august 2019.




Ciao, Igor
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Agree with Jean Francois, definitely just a Purple Sunbird. The face pattern is clearly visible in the 1st and 3rd images.

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