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Testing the strength of a marigold flower stalk, this upside down hanging Purple sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) is a small sunbird. Like other sunbirds they feed mainly on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. They have a fast and direct flight and can take nectar by hovering like a hummingbird but often perch at the base of flowers. The males appear all black except in some lighting when the purple iridescence becomes visible. Females are olive above and yellowish below. These birds are very vociferous and will call and join to mob owls or other predatos. Their song is rapid rattle followed by ringing, metallic notes. Other call notes include a "chwit" or "chwing!" notes.
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