Olive-backed sunbird

Cinnyris jugularis

The olive-backed sunbird, also known as the yellow-bellied sunbird, is a species of sunbird found from Southern Asia to Australia.
Olive backed Sunbird The Olive-backed is tiny, more roundish with a shorter tail measuring only 11 cm long. The upper part is olive green which earns the bird its name. More significant would be the under part in bright yellow. The iridescent portion on this bird would be its fore head, throat and upper breast in blue-black. all these seen but that iridescent effect seen only in bright day light. On the male bird, there is actually an irregular thin rufous border to the black bib. Then, typical of all female Sunbird, this one also has plain colors.
This is a bird from the Andaman, South and south-west China, Greater Sundas, then the Philippines down to northern Australia. In Malaysia, no problem to see the bird. nearly all urban garden would have them visiting. Cinnyris jugularis,Olive-backed Sunbird


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 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.
Olive-backed sunbird - Cinnyris jugularis My husband's spotting, in Lembeh island. Cinnyris jugularis,Geotagged,Indonesia,Olive-backed Sunbird,Spring


The olive-backed sunbird is common across southern China and Southeast Asia to Queensland and the Solomon Islands. 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.
Olive-backed Sunbird - Cinnyris jugularis subsp clementiae https://avibase.bsc-eoc.org/species.jsp?avibaseid=284AC3ED94AEED98 Cinnyris jugularis,Fall,Geotagged,Indonesia,Olive-backed Sunbird


The birds mate between the months of April and August in the Northern Hemisphere, and between August and January in the Southern Hemisphere. 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 2 weeks 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.
yellow bellied sunbird female yellow bellied sunbird feeding on grevillea nectar at our backdoor on the atherton tableland far north queensland Australia,Geotagged,olive backed,sunbird,yellow bellied


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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SpeciesC. jugularis