Immature male Black Sunbird

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Immature male Black Sunbird

Postby Dave Shedman » Wed Jul 22, 2009 8:18 am

This photo was taken by Arty at WSBG, showing a transitional / juvenile male African Black (Amethyst) Sunbird. The reason I say transitional or juvenile is that Roberts Multimedia says the immature male may have some black and purple on the throat but not always, so it could be an immature or it could be transitional.

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Re: Transitional Black Sunbird

Postby Rusty Justy » Sun Jul 26, 2009 3:37 pm

Signs of gape there it seems......

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Re: Transitional Black Sunbird

Postby Dave Shedman » Sun Jul 26, 2009 3:48 pm

You're right there, Justin, I've been meaning to modify this ever since I discovered that this bird has no eclipse plumage, therefore this must be an immature male just developing his adult plumage. :oops: I suppose I some ways you could still call it transitional but it is definitely just an immature male. Well spotted (pun only partially unintended)! :D

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Re: Immature male Black Sunbird

Postby Bryn » Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:47 pm

Here is another Juvenile/Immature Amethyst Sunbird, taken at the Helderberg Nature Reserve in Somerset West on the 14 April 2013.
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Immature male Black Sunbird

Postby Doug » Sun Apr 14, 2013 6:55 pm

Astounding.

Colours and detail.


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Re: Immature male Black Sunbird

Postby arty » Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:55 pm

awesome close up


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