06 January 2012
January Bird of the Month
The Olive-Backed Sunbird (Pipit, in my area also known as Pusit) has been easy to photograph lately, since they've been enjoying the nectar from the Firespike bushes the last weeks. Otherwise, these perky birds flit from one coconut treetop to another and its image can be real challenging to capture. They also happen to be tiny, in fact they are one of the smallest birds, alongside the Lowland White-Eye. But sunbirds have minute, curved beaks that distinguish them from other birds, and belong to a group that has some of the more brilliant plumages in the tropics.
They have a melodious call, and fly in pairs or small groups around the trees and the gardens.