A male Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) regularly visits my kantan or torch ginger plant (Etlingera elatior) at around 1700 hours.
Sometimes he make a noisy visit, cheeping loudly and “shivering” his flight feathers as he lands on the inflorescence. Even when he pokes his long, curved bill one by one into the individual flowers to harvest the nectar, his feathers vibrate.
At other times this sunbird arrives silently, drinking nectar from the many flowers of this ginger plant, never making a sound. Then he carefully wipes his bill on the perch, first one side, then the other. This continues for about a minute or so.
Sometimes he sits on a nearby branch, not doing a thing. Not even preening. But ever aware of what is happening around. He turns his head left and right but otherwise sits quietly. On and off, his long, slender toungue flicks out, to be retracted almost immediately.
The bird only moves from his perch when disturbed by the noisy Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) when they suddenly fly in.