Along with the Purple-rumped sunbird, the Purple sunbird is commonly observed here in Karimannoor. The images below are greatly cropped from the originals and show a male purple sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus).
The male is a metallic purple in color and differs greatly from the drab colours of the female. They are around 10 Cms long and breeding males are differentiated by a bright blue colour on the shoulder patch and a maroon shine on the feathers of the collar around the neck is visible.
They are usually seen in pairs while feeding on nectar from plants, but they also take insects and fruits.
In breeding plumage the male is easily confused with the Loten’s sunbird which has a longer bill and a distinctive maroon band on its. chest