Purple Sunbird (Winter)
Purple Sunbird (Winter)
Scientific Name 
Cinnyris asiaticus
Arabic Name 
التمير الأرجواني
10.0 cm
Least Concern

In Kuwait


Extremely rare vagrant. This species possibly entered Kuwait after severe winter weather, perhaps from Iran, where the nearest known resident populations exist.
Where in Kuwait 
Only 1 record for Kuwait of two birds found at Ras Subiya in January 2008.
In the world 
It has an extremely large range and a population that is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats. It is distributed widely from West Asia through the Indian Subcontinent and into Southeast Asia. They are resident birds in most parts of their range and do not move large distances. It is predominately a nectar-feeding bird, but raises its young on small invertebrates. It is capable of hovering like a hummingbird for short periods of time to feed on nectar while in flight. Usually, however, it feeds from flowers while perched, and is even capable of hanging upside down to feed.
Local threats 
Habitat loss and degradation.