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Sunbird - Singapore, July 2016 (1 Viewer)


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Hi all! Identified these as female olive-backed sunbirds at first, but looking at the pics again both the face pattern and the colour seems slightly off for that species... Help would be appreciated, sorry for the bad quality!
Pics were taken in Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.

Thanks in advance.


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Thank you! Here's another (slightly less blurry) shot of the back of the bird, if that helps confirm it?


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The drab brown upperparts and apparent eye-ring do suggest Brown-throated but the bill looks a little too long and decurved and the eye doesn't look red - that's normally apparent even on poor photos. Could it be Van Hasselt's?


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Van Hasselt's does seem like a possibility, thank you! I wonder if my pictures are good enough to exclude all other species? Crimson seems very similar from what I find online?
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