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Olive-backed Sunbird in comfort behavior

on 21st January 2019
Olive-backed Sunbird stretching wings.

A male Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) was sighted perching on an exposed branch of a wayside tree in front of my house. The rain had just stopped and the sunbird was busy vigorously preening its feathers.

It spent about half an hour preening various body feathers, stretching its wings and legs and making calls.

Earlier posts on sunbirds indulging in comfort behaviour include Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) and Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis).

YC Wee
Singapore
16th September 2018

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YC Wee

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.

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