Olive-backed sunbird

Using spider silk and plant materials, they construct delicate nests that hang from branches

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A captivating avian species that grace the lush tropical regions of Asia, bringing vibrancy and beauty to its habitat. With its colorful plumage and delicate features, this small wonder stands out as a true marvel of nature, captivating the hearts of birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Males of the Olive-backed Sunbird are adorned with a mesmerizing mix of colors, showcasing nature’s palette at its finest. Their wings exhibit shades of olive and iridescent blues and greens, creating a stunning display of hues that seem to shimmer and change in the sunlight. One of their most striking features is a patch on their throats, which shifts between mesmerizing purple and vibrant orange hues, adding a touch of elegance to their appearance. In contrast, females display a more subtle yet equally enchanting coloration, with olive and yellow tones that blend harmoniously with their surroundings.

One of the most remarkable adaptations of the Olive-backed Sunbird is its slender, curved bill, perfectly suited for sipping nectar from flowers. As avid nectar feeders, these birds play a crucial role in plant pollination, acting as important agents of reproductive success for many flowering plants in their ecosystem. As they flit from flower to flower in search of nectar, they inadvertently transfer pollen, facilitating the fertilization process and contributing to the diversity of plant species in their habitat.

While nectar forms the primary component of their diet, Olive-backed Sunbirds also supplement their nutrition with other food sources such as insects and spiders. Their versatile feeding habits allow them to exploit a wide range of resources, ensuring their survival even in times when nectar may be scarce.

In addition to their ecological importance, Olive-backed Sunbirds also exhibit fascinating behaviors and social dynamics. They are known for their intricate courtship displays, which often involve elaborate aerial maneuvers and vocalizations to attract mates and establish dominance within their territories. Their melodious songs add to the enchanting atmosphere of their habitat, filling the air with the sweet sounds of nature’s symphony.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Australia
2016
Breeding
Brunei
2016
Breeding
Cambodia
2016
Breeding
China
2016
Breeding
India
2016
Breeding
Indonesia
2016
Breeding
Laos
2016
Breeding
Malaysia
2016
Breeding
Myanmar
2016
Breeding
Papua New Guinea
2016
Breeding
Philippines
2016
Breeding
Singapore
2016
Breeding
Solomon Islands
2016
Breeding
Thailand
2016
Breeding
Vietnam
2016
Breeding

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No