Animals and Nature - Vitae – A Photographic Journey

Olive-backed sunbird (male)

Nectarinia olivacea

The sunbirds are a group of very small Old World passerine birds which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Their flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering, but usually perch to feed most of the time. The underparts of both female sunbirds are bright yellow, the backs are a dull brown colour.