Fire-breasted (Buff-bellied) Flowerpecker Dicaeum – male fruit feeding

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“This male Fire-breasted (Buff-bellied) Flowerpecker (Dicaeum ignipectus dolichorhynchum) is largely documented to feed on ficus fruits. I recently posted a female feeding on orange fruit (non ficus) LINK. Last week we saw five adults (at least three males) feeding on the fruit of a tall tree (non ficus). After breaking the skin of the fruit they seemed to be busy taking the ‘sticky sap’ that is released.

“This is a favourite tree for these birds and I have seen them here a number of times. This is the first time I have had opportunity for pictures.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Cameron Highlands (1,500m ASL), Malaysia
Secondary growth and gardens in montane region
13th January 2012

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