Rathika Ramasamy


Crimson-backed Sunbird © Rathika Ramasamy

Crimson-backed Sunbird
(Nectarinia minima)



Image details
1/640 sec, f/5.6;  ISO 200
Nikon D2x, Nikkor 300mm f/4D ED-IF plus TC-14E II
Location: Munnar, Kerala
Date: 10 December  2007

Shoot details
This is lifer for me. One of the colourful sunbird I ever seen. Taken at Munnar, this is one of the Western Ghat endemic bird. I spent 3 days in Munnar  looking for Western Ghat endemics. Going to Munnar on the way near the road we spotted this bird. It was a busy road, the sun was at the back, I waited for a good angle so that all colours come out well. They are so quick that after 1hr of trying I  finally got this shot when it came and sat on the  nearest branch.

Species details
This 8cm jewel is India's tiniest sunbird. This Western Ghats endemic can be found in the montane 'Shola' forests and adjoining areas. The brilliant male closely resembles the male Purple-rumped Sunbird. The female is brown and yellow with a diagnostic red rump.

A Birds of India presentation


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