Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker catching caterpillar

posted in: Feeding-invertebrates | 4

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 and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

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.

  2. YC

    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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