This week's theme is: Animals
Photo #2 - From the little Titmice of the British Isles yesterday, we now move on to the exotic birds of Singapore. This small fella is a male Olived-backed Sunbird - only about 10cm from beak to tail. I snapped this shot in the botanical gardens. There's an area with a lot of heliconias and the Sunbirds often come here to drink their nectar (their main source of food).
If you're interested in visiting Singapore, let me tell you that it is a garden city. At one time I had a lot of heliconias in my garden, and Sunbirds used to frequent my house. It's pretty amazing for a country that has over 4 million inhabitants in an area that's smaller than some cities.
Now for a RANT.. I have no idea why people choose to call this bird "olived backed". The first colour I notice when I see it is yellow. And the back looks yellow to me too.
Do you know of any other inappropriately named animals?
Update: see Denosha's even more impressive shot of a Sunbird