Thirsty birds

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Singapore experienced a dry spell recently and the air-condition units in many homes were working overtime. At the same time, the birds were thirsty. And water from any source was welcome by the birds.

The drainage pipe of Johnny Wee’s room air-conditioning unit was dripping droplets of water and this was a welcome source of water for thirsty birds. The female Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) seen on the left has a drop of water still attached to its throat.

The Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) in the images below show the bird in the act of picking up a water droplet (left). The image on the right shows it with the droplet neatly trapped between its mandibles.

Thanks to R Subaraj for confirming the identification.

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