Monsoon magic- Bathing Purple Sunbird (Female) on a Jarul (Lagerstroemia speciosa) Tree.

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J.M. Garg

Aug 17, 2007, 11:52:09 PM8/17/07
to delhibird, INP
I am regularly seeing Purple Sunbirds & Purple-rumped Sunbirds soaking themselves in the Jarul leaves in the mornings (due to dew on the leaves). These slide down like a child on a 'Khisalni' (Slide). Rain adds to the water in the leaves, which they utilize to the fullest extent to soak their under-parts.
Purple sunbird :(Nectarinia asiatica), Resident subject to some seasonal movements, common, sharp monosyllabic 'wich, wich' as it flits among branches, breeding male sings 'cheewit-cheewit-cheewit' etc. from a perch, sunbirds eats largely flower nectar and sometimes hover in front of flowers, which help them in collecting nectar from corolla of flowers with the help of long de-curved bill and long tubular tongue extendable much beyond bill etc. Widespread in India.
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