Grey-breasted Spiderhunter feeding on Musa ornata nectar

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“Been wanting to document this feeding that I have seen a number of times… feeding by the Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta modesta) on the nectar of Wild Banana (Musa ornata) (above).

“The bird will probe every flower rapidly, often not putting the beak fully in but, I suspect, using the long tongue to get to the nectar (above).

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
15th November 2014

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Fringe of the forest reserve/primary jungle

4 Responses

  1. Leong Tzi Ming

    Neat documentation!
    The powdery bits on its beak look like pollen.
    Would this bird then qualify as an effective pollinator of this banana flower?

  2. Leong Tzi Ming

    It’s amazing how the bird’s beak fits perfectly into the flower, just like a sword sliding into its respective sheath.

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