Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) - HBW 13, p. 296
French: Souimanga asiatique
Spanish: Suimanga Asiático
Taxonomy: Certhia asiatica Latham, 1790, Gurgaon, Haryana, north India.
Genus often subsumed in Nectarinia. Has sometimes been considered to be part of a superspecies that also includes C. bouvieri, C. osea, C. oustaleti and C. talatala. Three subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution:
- brevirostris (Blanford, 1873) - E Arabian Peninsula (N United Arab Emirates, N & C Oman), and SE Iran, E Afghanistan, Pakistan and W India (W Rajasthan and W Gujarat).
- asiaticus (Latham, 1790) - India (except W & E ), Nepal and Sri Lanka.
- intermedius (Hume, 1870) - E India (Assam S to Orissa and N Andra Pradesh) and Bangladesh E to Myanmar, S China (S Yunnan) and Indochina.
- Least Concern Enlarge map
VideosSee all 33 videos
A brief view of a male perched. Locality Mudumalai National Park, India
Josep del Hoyo 8 December 2009 3 years ago 4 sec 2
A male in eclipse plumage perched and flying away. Locality Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Ernakulam District, Kerala, India (ssp asiaticus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2009 3 years ago 22 sec 2
A male in eclipse plumage preening in a high tree. Locality Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Ernakulam District, Kerala, India (ssp asiaticus)
Josep del Hoyo 30 November 2009 3 years ago 39 sec 2
PhotosSee all 98 photos
A male entering into breeding plumage
Locality Masinagudi, The Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India (ssp hindustanicus)
vasanthan.p.j 14 April 2010 3 years ago 3.7
A Female is Watching A Bee around
Locality Kookherd District, Bastak County, Hormozgān Province, Iran
Ghaffar 7 June 2012 49 weeks ago 3.6
Female purple sunbird on plant stalk top and lateral view
Locality Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand, India
Vijay Anand Ismavel 28 June 2010 2 years ago 3.6
Male in eclipse plumage
Locality Sawai Madhopur, Sawai Madhopur District, Rajasthan, India
Bruno Schmetz 2 December 2004 4 years ago 3.6
A male bird on a branch...
Locality Kolkata, West Bengal, India (ssp intermedius)
Soumyadeep Chatterjee 97 2 April 2012 1 year ago 3.6
Locality Thaltej, Ahmedabad District, Gujarat, India (ssp brevirostris)
Jeel Bharat Patel 11 February 2013 6 weeks ago 3.5
A male singing. Locality Moti Virani, Kutch District, Gujarat, India
Josep del Hoyo 16 February 2011 1 year ago 4
Calls of male while feeding Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 May 2006 3 years ago 4
Alarm calls by male Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 May 2005 3 years ago 4
Calls of male, female and chick Locality Jaipur District, Rajasthan, India
RAM GOPAL SONI 1 April 2006 3 years ago 4
Song Locality Munnar, Idukki District, Kerala, India
Stuart Fisher 12 February 2006 3 years ago 4
Calls Locality Kumarakom, Kerala, India
Stuart Fisher 10 February 2006 3 years ago 3.5