Sunbirds

Nectariniidae

A single breeding resident, the Olive-backed Sunbird Cinnyris jugularis occurs in Australia, but is also in North Moluccas and New Guinea. Strong sexual dimorphism, with the male brightly coloured, and long, strongly decurved bill.

Olive-backed Sunbird

Olive-backed Sunbird

  What does it look and sound like?  The long downwardly curved bill resembles that of some honeyeaters, but the bright yellow underparts prevents 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. High-pitched notes are given in flight and display.  Where does it live?  Australia’s only sunbird is a ...