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Purple-throated Sunbird - Leptocoma sperata
This is a male Leptocoma sperata (Passeriformes - Nectariniidae), a species native to Southeast Asia.
In the adult male, the crown of the head is metallic green or golden-green copper. The sides of the neck, scapulars and mantle have a beautiful burgundy color. The lower back, rump and uppertail are metallic green, contrasting with the black tail. 
Synonym: Nectarinia sperata.
References: [1] - [2]
Photo credit: ©Eddy Lee | Locality: unknown (2008)

libutron:

Purple-throated Sunbird - Leptocoma sperata

This is a male Leptocoma sperata (Passeriformes - Nectariniidae), a species native to Southeast Asia.

In the adult male, the crown of the head is metallic green or golden-green copper. The sides of the neck, scapulars and mantle have a beautiful burgundy color. The lower back, rump and uppertail are metallic green, contrasting with the black tail. 

Synonym: Nectarinia sperata.

References: [1] - [2]

Photo credit: ©Eddy Lee | Locality: unknown (2008)

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alanis: Clouds and shadows on Mars, photographed by Mars Express, 24th May 2012.

Between 28 and 36°S, 284°E, on the arc of highlands that surround the southeast Solis Planum. The crater split between the 2nd and 3rd images is Voeykov, about 75 km across, named for climatologist and geographer Alexander Ivanovich Voeykov (1842-1916). The small, deep crater toward bottom left of the 4th image is Los, named for a village of about 400 people in Gävleborg County, Sweden.

Composite of 3 visible light images for colour, and 5 monochrome images for animation. Colour is not balanced naturalistically, and the slightly psychedelic colours of the clouds are a result of mismatches between the images where the clouds have moved between exposures.

Image credit: ESA. Composite: AgeOfDestruction.

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