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Tongue of the Little Spiderhunter

on 23rd December 2009

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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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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