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Female Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Cinnyris jugularis by alabang, on Flickr

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Date and Time (Original) 2012:04:20 15:34:21

The Olive-backed Sunbird, Cinnyris jugularis, also known as the Yellow-bellied Sunbird, is a species of sunbird found from Southern Asia to Australia.

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.

The Olive-backed Sunbird is common across southern China to the Philippines and Malaysia down to northeast Australia. They are small songbirds, at most 12 cm long. In most subspecies, the underparts of both male and female are bright yellow, the backs are a dull brown colour. The forehead, throat and upper breast of the adult male is a dark, metallic blue-black. In the Philippines (where they are known as "tamsi") the males of some subspecies have an orange band on the chest, in Wallacea and northern New Guinea some subspecies have most of the underparts blackish, and in southern China and adjacent parts of Vietnam most of the underparts of the male are greyish-white.

Originally from mangrove habitat, the Olive-backed sunbird has adapted well to humans, and is now common even in fairly densely populated areas, even forming their nests in human dwellings.

The birds mate between the months of April and August. Both the male and the female assist in building the nest which is flask-shaped, with an overhanging porch at the entrance, and a trail of hanging material at the bottom end.

After building the nest, the birds abandon the nest for about a week before the female returns to lay one or two greenish-blue eggs. The eggs take a further week to hatch. The female may leave the nest for short periods during the day during incubation. After the chicks have hatched, both male and female assist in the care of the young, which leave the nest about two or three weeks later.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olive-backed_Sunbird Paolo Dolina



Apr 20, 2012 at 08:27 AM
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p.1 #2 · Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Cinnyris jugularis


Great capture! Very cool bird.


Apr 20, 2012 at 10:47 AM
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p.1 #3 · Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Cinnyris jugularis


Pretty little bird, well captured.
Douglas



Apr 20, 2012 at 12:02 PM
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p.1 #4 · Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Cinnyris jugularis


Good looking image Paolo.


Apr 20, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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p.1 #5 · Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Cinnyris jugularis


Interesting looking bird. Nicely done.

Y



Apr 20, 2012 at 12:43 PM
 

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p.1 #6 · Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Cinnyris jugularis


She is a beauty, interesting info as well. Bruce


Apr 20, 2012 at 01:32 PM
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p.1 #7 · Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Cinnyris jugularis


Fine shot Paolo, well captured
David



Apr 20, 2012 at 07:22 PM
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p.1 #8 · Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Cinnyris jugularis


Nice capture. These birds are constantly moving so you did well. Nice setting as well. Don


Apr 20, 2012 at 07:49 PM
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p.1 #9 · Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Cinnyris jugularis


lovely job on the sunbird Paolo


Apr 20, 2012 at 11:12 PM
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p.1 #10 · Yellow-bellied Sunbird, Cinnyris jugularis


Nice composition Paolo


Apr 21, 2012 at 12:19 AM





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