Purple-naped Sunbird – nectar feeding

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“Spotted Purple-naped Sunbirds (Hypogramma hypogrammicum nuchale) on two occasions, 1.5 km apart, feeding on the tiny flowers of this creeping epiphyte that is found on a few trees (above female, below male).

“On the first instance a pair was visiting every single tiny pink-red flower for nectar. On the second I saw only a single female. The heads of the birds were stained with white sap due to this action (see top image).

“This creeping epiphyte is the Dischidia hirsuta, also known as an “Ant Plant” as they have close relationship with ants (myrmecophily).

“Note that David Wells (2007) states “I know of no definite area record of nectarivory ….”. I previously posted nectar feeding LINK [Note: Apologies for the wrong link. The “nectar feeding” has yet to be posted. Will do so soon. YC]. Now a second record.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
1st May 2015

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: A trial along primary jungle, alongside a river

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