Brown-throated Sunbird and Costus spicatus flowers

posted in: Feeding-plants, Sunbirds | 6

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.


6 Responses

  1. Sun Chong Hong

    Coincidentally, just captured a video of an Olive-backed Sunbird taking the nectar of Indian Head Ginger 2 days ago ( )

    Unfortunately, the camera couldn’t read my mind and focussed on the wrong place.

  2. Beautiful colours on this particular bird.

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