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Family Nectariniidae

Sunbirds are small, often colorful passerines. They are distributed thoughout the Old World particularly in the tropics. They also make it into Australia. There are 32 species in 15 genera. Most feed on nectar but will take insects, particularly when feeding the young. Many sunbirds can hover while feeding on flowers - an example of convergent evolution with the hummingbirds. Like the hummingbirds they are sexually dimorphic with the males being much more colorful. As most of this information was gleaned from Wikipedia you access the link yourself if you need more.

Cinnyris jugularis Olive-backed sunbird

Cinnyris jugularis, Olive-backed sunbird, Daintree River, Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Australia

BIRD 9061 Cinnyris jugularis, male Olive-backed sunbird, Daintree River, Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Australia

Cinnyris jugularis, Olive-backed sunbird, Daintree River, Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Australia

BIRD 9055 Cinnyris jugularis, Olive-backed sunbird, Daintree River, Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, Australia

 

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