The posting of the Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense) feeding on the ripe fruit of the rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) on 22nd July received queries on whether the bird was actually eating the fruit or picking up ants that usually are found on the surface of the fruit LINK.
Since then, Johnny Wee has managed to send in more images just taken from his garden…
These show the Common Flameback pecking into the skin of the rambutan and picking up a small glob of white flesh. These images should show that the bird actually fed on the fruit and not the ants that often are found on the surface of the fruit.
Johnny Wee (images) & YC Wee (text)