Little Spiderhunter – nectar feeding and calls

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“The Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra cinireicollis) is still possible to find in selected green lung pockets in the city. Its diet is insect prey (spiders) and nectar. The nectar is taken from flowers of the wild gingers, wild bananas and the Coral tree (Erythrina sp.). The range of flowers fed on is much larger than currently known or documented. They included Passiflora (Passion fruit), Heliconia, Ixora, Powder puff, etc.

“Spotted an adult feeding on the nectar of a Lime flowers, possibly Citrus aurantifolia (top, above).

“A recording of calls made while foraging is given HERE as well as a waveform and sonogram of calls above.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
27th April 2014

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary growth near limestone hills


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