Little Spiderhunter hovering

“Wells 2007 describes this Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra cinereicollis) as ‘an able hoverer’.

“The nectar of many flowers is obtained by hovering. The event is very brief and difficult to document in still images.

“I decided to focus on potential flowers (Allamanda sp.) and hope to capture some images.

“Note that in line with an earlier posting on ‘sexing’ the lack of a pectoral tuft suggest that this is an adult female (see top image).

NOTE: See HERE where the Little Spiderhunter buries its head into the flower to get at the nectar.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
21st October 2014

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

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