Sunbird - Skukuza. Marico vs Purple-banded

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3 years 5 months ago #86666 by Grant B
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Hi,

Found this sunbird at Skukuza interested in his own reflection in a car mirror. Marico is my guess? Purple banded is more [color=#4000BF:28wn0j62]"purple"[/color:28wn0j62] in the breast bar so to say, right? I read that the upper tail coverts of Purple banded are blue, not green. Now my photo shows a bluish green covert, or could this be the reflection of the car. I'm going with Marico though... Any thoughts?

Michael

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3 years 5 months ago #86672 by nkgray
nkgray replied the topic: Re: Sunbird - Skukuza. Marico vs Purple-banded
Michael,

I have seen this behaviour from a Marico Sunbird in the car park at Lower Sabie too!

From memory - remember that I am sitting remotely in the UK, more so than usual as I am actually away from home and all my reference materials too - I would put this down as a Marico Sunbird. I've had the same debate at Ngwenya Lodge where I have seen both species on the same day. My feeling, and I will probably be shot down in flames is that -

1) you would probably get a good feel for which it is based on size
2) the Marico has a slightly longer and more decurved beak
3) in the Purple-banded the broad breast band is more purplish than the redder looker of the Marico, and the blue fringing band above it is a distinct blue band rather than just a blue-green "sheen" to the ends of the upper breast feathers as it manifests in the Marico.

On 3) alone I would be putting your bird into the Marico camp.

Let's see what others have to say.

Neil

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3 years 5 months ago #86685 by Grant B
Grant B replied the topic: Re: Sunbird - Skukuza. Marico vs Purple-banded
I tend to agree with you. Also think its Marico although I've never seen either of them before so I can't compare from experience..
Thanks!

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3 years 1 month ago #86894 by billbrooks
billbrooks replied the topic: Re: Sunbird - Skukuza. Marico vs Purple-banded
That's a gorgeous picture you have there!

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3 years 3 weeks ago #87037 by herkimer
herkimer replied the topic: Re: Sunbird - Skukuza. Marico vs Purple-banded
Now my photo shows a bluish green covert, or could this be the reflection of the car. I'm going with Marico though... Any thoughts?

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