Black-naped Oriole feeding on nectar

on 30th April 2011

“I always believe birds learn a lot from each other; I know I learn a lot from birds. Was having a discussion with a colleague this evening in my garden and spotted this Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis maculates) feeding on nectar from the Coral Tree (Erythrina variegata).

“Never expected that they would do this/use this food source. Probably been watching the sunbirds that feed extensively on the nectar in the coral tree flowers.

“An earlier reports on nectar feeding HERE. “Also, in Ali S and SD Ripley (1986). Handbook of the birds of India and Pakistan. Volume 5 (2 ed.). New Delhi: Oxford University Press. pp. 104–108. See: HERE.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Canning Garden Home, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
22nd March 2011

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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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3 Responses

  1. Quite a number of birds enjoy nectar. From experience in aviculture, orioles, leafbirds and Asian fairy bluebirds readily take nectar from bowls. It is not necessary to add fruit to the mixture to attract them to the nectar.

    A simple nectar formula consists of two tablespoons of human baby food, half a tablespoon of glucose powder and a bit of rose syrup for colour and scent mixed well in a teacup of water. The mixture should be of very thin constituency when fed to birds.

    1. Impressive, the compiled list… No, we have not done so. We need to collect sightings and images before we attempt.

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