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Crimson Sunbird

Crimson Sunbird

National bird of Singapore

About This Bird

Crimson Sunbird

Aethopyga siparaja


The tiny little Crimson Sunbird is the representative for Singapore. They are only 11cm long and are similar to the hummingbird – they can suspend themselves in the air with their fast-beating wings to feed but prefer to perch in trees when possible.

Their diet consists mainly of nectar from flowers which they use their brush tipped tubular tongues to eat. They will also take insects to feed their young. They have 2-3 eggs per breeding season, laid in a suspended nest in a tree.

The male Sunbird has a bright crimson breast and maroon back, whereas the female has a yellow breast and an olive green back.

Their call is a ‘chee-cheewee’ sound.