Sunbirds love Saraca flowers

“Was at one of several flowering Saraca (Saraca sp.) trees at various parts of the island this week. It was a hive of activity, with various sunbird species (Olive-backed, Purple-throated, Crimson) twittering, Scarlet-backed Flowerpeckers clicking, Carpenter Bees buzzing away with other bees and wasps, and other small insects.

With insect prey abundant at the tree, dragonflies were also present – Yellow-barred Flutterers (Rhyothemis Phyllis) (above), Common Blue Skimmers, and Wandering Gliders were both zipping around and perched on the flowers while munching their prey. Draped around the tree at various places were parasitic Mistletoe, and this attracted several Painted Jezebels to survey their host plant LINK, adding to the Lemon Emigrants which came by for the Saraca nectar.

Above clip shows a juvenile Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) while below a male eclipse Olive-backed Sunbird (Nectarinia jugularis) is sipping nectar from the Saraca flowers.

Lena Chow
13th July 2013

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