Probably the most commonly encountered garden avifauna, the Olive-backed Sunbird is a permanent resident in Singapore. It is hard to miss its high-pitched “cheep, cheep, wheet” chirp. In Singapore, it likes to nest in urban areas along the corridors and balconies and does not seem to be afraid of people. The bird is often confused for a hummingbird. Unlike its neotropical cousin, the sunbird does not hover while drinking nectar from a flower, but perches on a stem or flower stalk instead. It was featured on the old Singapore $20 notes.
Olive-backed Sunbird (6/27)