Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker taking Viscum ovalifolium fruits

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Francis Lim was at the Singapore’s Wallace Centre Dairy Farm NParks area recently and took this picture of a Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) feeding on the fruits of Viscum ovalifolium. Although mistletoe fruits are commonly taken by flowerpeckers, this is out first documentation of a Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker taking the fruits of this species of mistletoe.

Viscum ovalifolium is an uncommon mistletoe in Singapore LINK. It belongs to the plant family of Santalaceae, unlike the other species that belong to the family Loranthaceae. The fruits here are warty. There is another species, Viscum articulatum, the leafless mistletoe, made up of mainly compressed leafless stems, usually growing on other mistletoe plants. This is also an uncommon species.

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