Orange-bellied Leafbird and bottle-brush trees

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The Orange-bellied Leafbird (Chloropsis hardwickii), a resident of the montane forests of Peninsular Malaysia, is always present whenever the bottlebrush trees (Callistemon spp.) are in flowers.

This is an attractive green bird with yellow-orange belly. The male (above) has a black mask and black throat, not th female (left).

The bird visits a wide range of flowering plants, including exotics, to collect nectar. It has a long tongue that extrudes beyond the tip of the bill, even when the latter is closed. The tongue is channeled and brush-tipped, to assist in nectar collection. But it also takes a variety of fruits and insects.

Input and images by Dr Eric Tan.

This post is a cooperative effort between and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

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