I was on my way to afternoon tea at Upper Thomson and we had just finished parking, so I was about to step out of the car when I noticed something tiny flitting about in the flowering bushes that were next to the car. It was chirping as well, so I decided to sit in the car with the door halfway open and had my camera out. Initially I thought it was a hummingbird but I later learnt that it was an Olive-backed Sunbird.
The Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarina jugularis), also known as the Yellow-bellied Sunbird, is a species of sunbird found from Southern Asia to Australia.
According to various internet resources, the male of this species is more colourful than the female.
Male: Metallic blue-black forehead, throat and upper breast, contrasting with bright yellow underparts; upperparts dull olive brown.
Female: Upperparts dull olive brown; underparts all yellow, brighter yellow than other female Sunbirds (females of most species of Sunbirds look very similar).
Ok…so this one’s a male.
Sunbirds feed largely on nectar, although they may snack on the occasional insect. Their flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering, but usually perch to feed most of the time.
Olive-backed Sunbirds were originally from mangroves, but have spread to forest margins and secondary growths, to parks, gardens and even some people’s homes! They are apparently supposed to be the most common Sunbird in Singapore and are found almost everywhere except the deepest forest.
Hmm…if they are that common, why is it that I was seeing one for the very first time?? **scratches head**