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female olive-backed / yellow-bellied sunbird

Cinnyris (Nectarinia) jugularis


This wide-ranging sunbird species occurs from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the west to New Guinea and the Solomon Islands in the east, and from southern China in the north to northern Australia in the south. The species is not terribly shy and will build nests close to human habitation as in this spotting. "Sunbirds survive mainly on nectar, although they may snack on the occasional insect. Sunbirds can hover briefly. But they do prefer to cling to a nearby stem or vegetation as they sip nectar." The specimen seen here was busy putting the finishing touches on its characteristic pendulous nest.


Seen here building a nest suspended from a potted Bougainvillea shrub on the terrace of a house in an urban (non highrise) residential area of Singapore.


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Scott Frazier
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Scott Frazier

Singapore, Singapore

Spotted on Apr 3, 2014
Submitted on Apr 10, 2014

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