Sunbirds and Macaranga heynei

“There are a few trees of blue mahang (Macaranga heynei), some growing to 30 feet tall in full sun at the edge of the forest at the Ulu Kinta Forest Reserve in the Malaysian state of Perak.

“This is the favourite fruit tree with the Plain Sunbird (Anthreptes simplex). I have seen it at almost every visit to the Forest Reserve, more than 20 times in the past two years. They usually come in mid-morning to feed on the small fruits of this large tree.

“It is hard to take pictures here as they feed high up (above).
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“They also like to feed on the semi-parasitic mistletoe plants that grow on the branches of the trees.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Perak, Malaysia
10th October 2009

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2 Responses

  1. Have anyone noticed sunbirds feeding on insects?

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  2. Sunbirds do feed on insects and spiders. There are a number of posts, especially by our Ipoh contributor. But you need to search the category “feeding-invertebrates”.

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