Olive-backed Sunbird

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Habitat: Woodland, Rainforest, Urban, Coastal


Olive-backed Sunbirds usually occur in woodlands and at the margins of mangroves or rainforests, and they are also often recorded in parks and gardens. Their preferred habitats usually support a range of plants which have nectar-bearing flowers.


The Olive-backed Sunbird forages among the foliage and flowers of trees and shrubs. Sunbirds are often rather confiding when nesting in people’s gardens, allowing a close approach if you are quiet.


The Olive-backed Sunbird gleans invertebrates from the leaves and flowers, and probes flowers with its long, curved bill to take nectar, often hovering to do so. They sometimes pluck insects from spider webs.


The Olive-backed Sunbird builds a long, spindle-shaped nest that is suspended from a branch or from an overhanging part of a building such as an eave, verandah or clothesline via a long cord made of entwined grass, fibres and bark. Two pale-grey eggs are laid which are incubated by the female. The nestlings are brooded by the female only, and fed mostly by her.