Angela Wong Foong Lin sent in her encounter with a male Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis) on 13th April 2012.
“I witnessed a male Olive-backed Sunbird attacking a female in the terrace outside my office today,” wrote Angela (left).
“He chased her around the terrace ceiling for a long time, dashing into the wall and glass windows a few times (I could hear the thud when they hit the surfaces). Then he chased her to the ground, pinned her down and pecked at her repeatedly. During one of the three incidents I saw, I walked out into the terrace because I heard loud calls and found them on the ground just outside the glass door, in the corner. He flew off when he saw me but she crouched there for a good few minutes. Then she flew up but was disoriented and unsteady. She is still out there on the other side of the terrace perched on one of the ceiling bars. Still looking lost. Don’t know why she does not want to fly away.
“Hope he does not come back and attack her again. Rape? Wife bashing? Even in the bird world? So sad.
“Wonder if it is a territorial issue. When I went back to the terrace to look again, the female bird was still sitting up there on the ceiling bars, watching. When she saw me, she flew around nervously and kind of in a disoriented fashion. But I did not see the male bird again. Wonder if it will come back again during the weekend.”
Note: This seems to be a strange behaviour for the sunbird. Would appreciate if someone can help explain the behaviour.
We thank Amy Sobrielo for directing Angela to BESG with her encounter. Image by YC.