Purple Sunbird (Eclipse Plumage)


Hindi name: Phulchuhi

Purple sunbird is a small sunbird.

How does the bird appear…

It has a relatively short bill, a dark and short square ended tail.

Male- It is metallic dark blue and purple.  Breeding male will sometimes show yellow pectoral tufts in displays. There is a patch of bright blue on the shoulder of breeding males. Non-breeding male looks like female but has dark wings and a broad black strip that runs down to middle of the chest.

Female- It has brown or olive-brown upperparts and dull yellow underparts. There is a pale super cilium beyond the eye.

 Habitat: Where to find this bird?

It inhabits thin forests but can also be seen in gardens and even in dense urban areas.


It feeds mainly on nectar but also takes fruits and insects.

 Breeding & Nesting

It breeds from February to June. A hanging oval or pear-shaped nest is constructed by female. Incubation period is of 14-18 days. Eggs are incubated by female.

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