“If you have tasted the red, ripened fruits of ‘Buah Cherry’ (Muntingia calabura), you would be familiar with the burst of sweetness when the berry pops in your mouth. Scarlet-backed Flowerpeckers (Dicaeum cruentatum) are also well aware of these irresistible fruits, which can quench their thirst and give them a sugar rush.
“In April 2016, I witnessed the determination of a female and male in their attempts at plucking fruit that were not even fully ripened (above, below). Their desperation must have been driven by the uncomfortably warm weather during that period.
“Video clips of these flowerpeckers’ attempts at plucking the fruit may be previewed here:”
Dr. Leong Tzi Ming
13th June 2016