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

on 18th March 2012



“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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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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