The image above by Chan Yoke Meng and Melinda Chan shows a Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) apparently trying to pry open a flower of the Indian Head Ginger (Costus spicatus) to get at the nectar.
Nectar-feeding sunbirds birds are attracted to these flowers, as seen HERE and HERE.
Sun Chong Hong
Coincidentally, just captured a video of an Olive-backed Sunbird taking the nectar of Indian Head Ginger 2 days ago ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raX1CHlq6nY )
Unfortunately, the camera couldn’t read my mind and focussed on the wrong place.
Beautiful colours on this particular bird.
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