French: Souimanga asiatique German: Purpurnektarvogel Spanish: Suimanga asiático
Gurgaon, Haryana, north India
Subspecies and Distribution
C. a. brevirostris
(Blanford, 1873) – E Arabian Peninsula (N United Arab Emirates, N Oman), and SE Iran, E Afghanistan, Pakistan and W India (W Rajasthan and W Gujarat).
C. a. asiaticus
(Latham, 1790) – India (except W & E), Nepal and Sri Lanka.
C. a. intermedius
(A. O. Hume, 1870) – E India (Assam S to Odisha and N Andhra Pradesh) and Bangladesh E to Myanmar, S China (S Yunnan) and Indochina.
10–11 cm; male 6·9–11 g, female 5–10 g. Male nominate race breeding is dark metallic blue and purple above, with uppertail black, glossed blue;... read more
Song an excited “cheewit-cheewit” rapidly repeated 2–6 times, usually by... read more
Usually around flowering shrubs and trees in dry and deciduous forests, thorn-scrub, cultivation... read more
Food and feeding
Small insects, and spiders (Araneae); nectar, also fruits, particularly of mistletoes (Loranthaceae) but also grapes. Forages singly, in... read more
Breeding in all months, chiefly in dry season; laying recorded in Jan–Jul (also nestlings and a female with enlarged ovary, both Jul... read more
Mostly resident. Wanders to S Oman in non-breeding season, when moves in search of flowers; flocks... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Common in Indian Subcontinent and N Oman. Expanding in United Arab Emirates in response to afforestation, which provides new nesting habitats. Occurs... read more
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