Birds Of Different Feathers – Part 3

The Sunbirds are in town and there’s a baby involved! This was my 3rd session of birding within a week and I had a great time progressing from the spotted wood owls to the laced woodpeckers and now sunbirds! It was not easy shooting these extremely lively little birds but lucky me, I made new friends, Shufeng and David, who shared very useful tips which I will employ in my next outing. Thank you! 🙂

Accordingly, Singapore has 6 species of sunbirds and 3 species of spiderhunters. The one I shot could be (needs verification) the olive-backed sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis), also known as the yellow-bellied sunbird, a specie of sunbirds found from Southern Asia to Australia. Common names for this bird include “tamsi” in the Philippines and “kelicap” in Malaysia.

Family Nectariniidae conisists of the Sunbirds and Spiderhunters. They are small birds with a decurved bill. They are sexually dimorphic, with the male having colourful plumages, while the females generally look alike. They are the Old World equivalents of hummingbirds of the New World.” – Singapore Birds. “There are 132 species in 15 genera. The family is distributed throughout Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia and just reaches northern Australia. Most sunbirds feed largely on nectar, but also take insects and spiders, especially when feeding young. – Wikipedia.

Birding in Pasir Ris

This was not my set-up.
I’m a poser that’s all, lol…
Did you noticed that half my face, the right side, is darker?
Well, that’s not an editing flaw!
I am literally visibly darker on the whole of my right side being exposed to the sun more on that side these few months.

Birding in Pasir Ris

From front left to right: Yama, Shufeng, Steven and David.


20th March 2015 – Female Sunbird feeding her young with insects.


The female has olive upperparts, yellow underparts.


The Male Sunbird was also active in participating the feeding of its young.

Changi Village Food Centre

My lunch of chicken rice and liver from the chicken rice stall in the middle row of Changi Village Hawker Centre.
Standard portions without any liver starts from $2.50.

Changi Village Food Centre

Nasi Lemak aplenty in this Food Centre and to me, all are so so only.
This was not from International or Mizzy’s both are famous and which I have tried but all of them are no big hooha to me.

Changi Village Food Centre

Goreng Pisang from Million Stars.
Goreng means fried and pisang means banana (both in Malay language).
Deep-fried bananas in crispy batter and as promised by the hawker, the crisp lasted for hours without reheating in the oven.

Changi Village Food Centre

Banana Cake from Million Stars.
Unlike the western counterpart, banana cakes here are deep-fried not baked.

Changi Village Food Centre

One of the best I have tasted!

Changi Village Hawker Centre is famous for its nasi lemak stall, where long queues are often seen. Stalls selling delicious wanton(fried fritters) which are recommended by many television programs and companies are also available here. Many residents living in the nearby estates of Pasir Ris, Tampines and Simei drive to Changi Village for drinks in the evening. Many of the coffeeshops are open till past midnight everyday. As of June 2012, the centre is closed for renovations. It has since reopened and business appears to be going very well as of August 2014. There is a great variety of food to choose from at the hawker stalls. – Wikipedia

Most of the food here are… to put it mildly, satisfying or harshly, mediocre at best. The nasi lemak stalls were over-rated. However, there certainly are several stalls that deserves a mention and one of them is Million Stars Goreng Pisang. The banana cake was surprising very very good in my humble opinion. There were sweet chunks of soft ripen bananas in them and although they were deep-fried, they were not too greasy.

Changi village Hawker Centre (located right next to the bus and ferry terminals).
Changi Village Road, Singapore 500002.

Million Stars Goreng Pisang
Address: Block 2, # 01-49 (inside Changi Village Hawker Centre).
Singapore 500002.

Happy eating and bonding 😀

One Response to “Birds Of Different Feathers – Part 3”
  1. Great bird shots, your competence in the new genre
    is spot on. Happy hunting … ME

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