Sunbird collecting nest material

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“I went to the newly opened Gardens by the Bay yesterday and surprisingly found there were many birds settled down there. It includes the Oriental Magpie-robin, Black-naped Oriole, Olive-blacked Sunbird, Little Spiderhunter, Asian Koel and those common resident birds – Common Myna, Eurasian Tree Sparrow and crows. There are also considerable amount of butterflies and dragonflies.

“One female Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis) caught my attention as it repeatedly visited a piece of cloth which was covering a plum tree. When I checked the photos, it seems the bird have been taking the fibers from the cloth for building material. It shuttled between the plum tree and another tree more than 20 times within 30 minutes.

“Here a series of photo taken, including the bird pulling the fiber out from the cloth and carrying the fiber in it’s bill.”

William Ip
10th July 2012

Note: Thanks to Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS for pointing out that the species is probably a female Olive-backed Sunbird.

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Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

3 Responses

  1. Subaraj Rajathurai

    Sorry! This is actually a female Olive-backed Sunbird. It would be really odd for a Little spiderhunter to be found at the new Gardens, as this species is mainly found in and around the Central Nature Reserves.

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