Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker catching caterpillar

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Adrian Lim photographed a Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus percussus) catching a caterpillar and commented: “This Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker normally eats tiny fruits, but I found it eating a little caterpillar.”

This bird is a fruit-eater. Its diet includes nectar and pollen.

It is possible that the bird was taking the caterpillar to feed its chicks.

Image by Adrian Lim.

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

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4 Responses

  1. Choo Teik Ju

    I am not sure if the male is catching the worm for its chicks, like sunbird feeds its youngs with insects.

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  2. “not sure” ?

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  3. Dave Bakewell

    Are you 100% certain that this bird is holding a caterpillar? To me, in this small image, the object in the bird’s bill looks very like a certain kind of berry I have seen flowerpeckers feeding on. The berry has long hairs at one end. Check out the pic at this link: http://2.bp.blogspot.com/__Dq5_ABpFrs/RlMGAzf9wmI/AAAAAAAAAls/k69GajyC46o/s1600-h/Yellow-breasted+Flowerpecker2_PICT0015.jpg

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  4. Have re-examined the image and am definitely sure that it is not a fruit in the bill. The image to you link shows the bird with a black berry of the weedy Clidemia hirta with part of the fruit still attached. If that is you image, can we make use of it in a future post?

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