“I had previously reported fruit feeding (frugivory) by spiderhunters, focused on the Common Mahang (Macaranga bancana) and other fruit. See: Frugivory by spiderhunter Arachnothera species in Peninsular Malaysia. BirdingASIA 20 (2013): 76–81. LINK.
“Today I saw the Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta modesta), and many other species of sunbirds, feeding on the fruit of the Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea) at two sites. The Giant Mahang grows up to 15 m tall and is common along the edge of the forest and in primary jungle where there is some tree fall, as in my situation. As with the Common Mahang, the birds often have to flutter to reach the fruit (above, below).”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
24th August 2014
Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: A trail through primary jungle