Olive-backed Sunbird – extra metallic plumage

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“A very friendly male Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis flammaxillaris) with the lovely chestnut-red band across the lower breast. It was in full sun which aided a clear observation of the metallic plumage.

“What was curious is the extra metallic plumage just behind the eye. This was symmetrical on both sides (above). Not seen this before. Any opinions on this valued.

“The bird seem to make sure I had my fill of images and gave many different postures showing clearly the violet neck and the emerald green at the base of the mandible. Note the comfort posture in the above image, the ‘one legged stance’ with the other leg comfortably tucked into the breast.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
1st November 2014

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Fringe of the forest reserve/primary jungle

  1. Sun Chong Hong

    This video of mine of a male Olive-backed Sunbird sipping nectar of Indian Head Ginger also appears to have the same “extra metallic plumage just behind the eye” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PRRlIPJimqE). This video has an added bonus of letting you enjoy viewing the colourful plumage of a male Brown-throated Sunbird in good sunlight.

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