Brown-throated Sunbird harvesting nectar from coconut flowers

on 7th August 2011

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS photographed a Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) harvesting nectar from the male flowers of the coconut (Cocos nucifera). This is the first image we are posting as not many photographers and birdwatchers keep a lookout on birds visiting coconut palms.

The image was taken from Amar’s Ipoh home in the Malaysian state of Perak on 20th July 2011.

According to Amar, nectar from the coconut flowers is one of the favourite food of this sunbird and the Olive-backed (Cinnyris jugularis).

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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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