Tongue of the Little Spiderhunter

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Besides spiders, the Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra) is a specialised nectar feeder. Its long tongue can protrude several centimetres beyond the tip of the bill, such that it can probe nectar found deep inside flowers.

The above image by Liu Jianzhong a.k.a. Jz shows the Little Spiderhunter atop the flowering head of the Torch Ginger (Etlingera elatior) just after a satisfying sip of the nectar from one or more of the opened flowers.

Check out our earlier posts on spiderhunters harvesting nectar from various plants as shown below.

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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  1. […] and sit, shaking, in my underwear as I sip the golden nectar in the interests of science. …Bird Ecology Study Group Tongue of the Little SpiderhunterBesides spiders, the Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra) is a specialised nectar feeder. […]

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  2. i think i have this species nesting at my balcony

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