Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker feeding and calling

on 26th August 2012

“Attracted by the familiar squeaking call, I saw this female Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) feeding on a freshly-picked buah cherry (Muntingia calabura), and calling at the same time! At first, I wasn’t sure that the calls came from the same bird which was systematically squeezing and swallowing juice from the fruit, but the video shows the flicking tail accompanying the calls, and the bird making the same calls after the fruit was dropped when she was done feeding:

“I suppose these are contact calls, the same way birds preen and call at the same time… See Here… as there was a male Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker nearby, so those are very probably contact calls…”

Lena Chow
11th August 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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