Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker eating fruit of Indian cherry

Lena Chow’s video clip, a merged clip actually, stitched together and uploaded by KC Tsang to YouTube. The video, made on the 26th September 2010, shows a female and a male Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) doing what they do everyday…

The female flowerpecker attempted at picking a ripe Indian cherry (Muntingia calabura), succeeding only after a few attempts. The problem was that the fruit was wider than the bird’s gape. Once firmly between her mandibles, she proceeded to squash the fruit, directing the sweet pulp into her throat. This took nearly half a minute before the empty fruit shell was discarded.

The second part of the video shows a male flowerpecker pooing, excreting two large yellowish blobs of wastes. The second blob ended up on the twig where he was perching.

  1. Angie

    Wow!! Thanks, Lena, you’ve captured the male SBFlowerpecker poo-ing 2 blobs of the gummy mistletoe seeds, Dendrophthoe pentandra!

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