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Olive-backed Sunbird

Male Olive-backed Sunbird perched on small branch amongst green and yellow leaves

Male

Female Olive-backed Sunbird perched on small branch amongst green and yellow leaves

Female

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Scientific Name: Cinnyris jugularis

Size: 12 cm

What does it look and sound like?

The long downwardly curved bill resembles that of some honeyeaters, but the bright yellow underparts prevent any confusion. The yellow colouration extends to the throat and upper breast of the female but it is replaced in the male by glossy blue-black feathers. The Olive-backed Sunbird gives high-pitched notes in flight and display.

Where is it found?

Australia’s only sunbird is a familiar bird of the tropical north-eastern coast.

What are its habitats & habits?

It can be found along the edges of rainforests and in tropical suburban parks and gardens. Nests are often built around houses, where individuals become less wary of humans. Also often referred to by its alternative common name of Yellow-bellied Sunbird.

Interesting facts

The Olive-backed Sunbird often hovers to take nectar from flowers and also shows a liking for spiders.

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Front cover of Australia's Birdwatching Megaspots book showing a picture of an Eastern Spinebill

This species features in my book Australia’s Birdwatching Megaspots

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