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Olive-backed Sunbird

Cinnyris jugularis


The Olive-backed Sunbird, Cinnyris jugularis, also known as the Yellow-bellied Sunbird, is a species of sunbird found from Southern Asian to Australia. I did not realize when I photographed this Sunbird and then suddenly came a beetle scramble for the nectar as well. It was taken in Toa Payoh Town Park, Singapore City. The sunbirds are a group of very small Old World passerine birds which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. 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.

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Jeannette 10 years ago

Wow great action :)

KatCuff 10 years ago

great series!

CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago


GeorgiaT 10 years ago


Andhi Priatmoko
Andhi Priatmoko 10 years ago

Hi Cindy, they're fighting to get nectar from the flower. I've added another photos.

CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

I'm curious to know the story of this interaction. Does this bird like to eat Carpenter Bee's or is it a chance encounter? Great pic!

PratyushShukla 10 years ago


Andhi Priatmoko
Andhi Priatmoko 10 years ago

thanks Ava T-B

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 10 years ago

This is a wonderful action shot!
You might be interested in the animal architecture mission since you're an architect

Andhi Priatmoko
Andhi Priatmoko 10 years ago

Thanks @JuanDiTrani for the info

KarenL 10 years ago


misako 10 years ago

great photo!

Harsha Singh
Harsha Singh 10 years ago

Beautiful picture.

Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 10 years ago

this is a very nice picture. By the way, the black insect is a Carpenter Bee (Xylocopa sp.)

Andhi Priatmoko
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Andhi Priatmoko

Singapore, Singapore

Spotted on Aug 23, 2010
Submitted on Dec 24, 2011

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