van Hasselt’s Sunbird feeding on Saraca flowers

on 23rd November 2013

Jeremiah Loei’s video study of the van Hasselt’s Sunbird (Leptcoma brasiliana), also known as Purple-throated Sunbird, shows a pair feeding on the nectar of the Saraca flowers (Saraca sp.). The female, more interested in preening herself than feeding on the nectar, is conspicuous in her orange throat patch (below). According to nature consultant Subaraj Rajathurai, this patch is only seen during the breeding period.

Check out our earlier posts HERE and HERE.

Jeremiah Loei
November 2013

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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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One Response

  1. Nice study of some very active birds. It’s great to be able to watch so much of their behavior and enjoy their plumage that we often only catch a glimpse of.

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