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  • Writer's pictureS Santosh Kumar (sukubirder)

Braggart of Bharatpur: Purple Sunbird

Updated: Mar 27, 2023

Male Purple Sunbird
A male Purple Sunbird

A male Purple Sunbird (Cynirris asiaticus) showing off his prenuptial moulting skills. It is amazing to see him transforming from a yellow, female-like ‘eclipse’ plumage into an iridescent purple breeding plumage. Of course, he changes back to yellow after the breeding season is over. Being seasonally dichromatic, he does this year after year.

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