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''Male Yellow-bellied Sunbird''

By Bowenite
Yellow-bellied Sunbird also known as the Olive-backed Sunbird is common across southern China to the Philippines and Malaysia down to northeast Australia. They are small songbirds, at most 12cm long. In most subspecies, the underparts of both male and female are bright yellow, the backs are a dull brown colour. The forehead, throat and upper breast of the adult male is a dark, metallic blue-black. In the Philippines the males of some subspecies have an orange band on the chest, in Wallacea and northern New Guinea some subspecies have most of the underparts blackish, and in southern China and adjacent parts of Vietnam most of the underparts of the male are greyish-white.

Originally from mangrove habitat, the Olive-backed sunbird has adapted well to humans, and is now common even in fairly densely populated areas, even forming their nests in human dwellings.[1][2]

The birds mate between the months of April and August. Both the male and the female assist in building the nest which is flask-shaped, with an overhanging porch at the entrance, and a trail of hanging material at the bottom end.[1]

After building the nest, the birds abandon the nest for about a week before the female returns to lay one or two greenish-blue eggs. The eggs take a further week to hatch. The female may leave the nest for short periods during the day during incubation. After the chicks have hatched, both male and female assist in the care of the young, which leave the nest about two or three weeks later.[2]

Tags: Wildlife and nature

Voters: GERRYGENTRY, saeidNL, andylea and 21 more


Comments


saeidNL 9 3 Netherlands
20 Apr 2010 12:06AM
Amazing and colourful capture,very well taken.
saeid

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andylea 11 37 1 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 12:07AM
brilliant comp fantastic colour and detail a beautiful capture Wink
andy
LexEquine 13 1 19 United States
20 Apr 2010 12:11AM
Superb capture of the exotic Sunbird with dazzling yellow color & fine clarity. Great work, Gordon. Regards...Peter
20 Apr 2010 12:20AM
Beautiful colours, a great capture

Mike
cantona43 Plus
14 927 4 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 12:23AM
stunning shot beautiful colour and detail in there
Neil
20 Apr 2010 1:26AM
Three super shots.
RJ.
Daisymaye 11 23 16 Canada
20 Apr 2010 2:14AM
Really nicely captured shots.........Sandy
EMJAYCEE Plus
10 10 10 England
20 Apr 2010 6:55AM
Bedautiful pose and colour.
Joan.
W1ldside 9 29 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 6:57AM
This is Good stuff
Rick
20 Apr 2010 6:59AM
Stunning set of captures, Gordon... Smile
accipiter 10 61 England
20 Apr 2010 1:10PM
What a fine set of pictures here! A
SteveMoulding 10 3 7 United Kingdom
20 Apr 2010 2:25PM
Stunning set of well detailed and colourful images.
Steve.
Canadiann 9 2 Canada
20 Apr 2010 3:23PM
3 stunners for sure, love the colour again in this. What gorgeous images you produce. I envy your marveleous skills and your camera. Keep them coming they are a pleasure for my eyes.
Regards
Ann
colmar 12 42 35 Scotland
20 Apr 2010 7:07PM
A beautiful set of images all well captured v1 of course has that extra presentation that is so grand Colin

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