Olive-backed Sunbird

Cinnyris jugularis

Australia’s only sunbird is a familiar bird of the tropical north-eastern coast. 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. The Olive-backed Sunbird often hovers to take nectar from flowers and also shows a liking for spiders. High-pitched notes are given in flight and display. 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.