Crimson Sunbird – juvenile male feeding on Combretum constrictum

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SunbirdC-jv-Combretum constrictum [AmarSingh]

“While at the hospital I was supporting I had chance to look around the compound and saw this juvenile male Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja siparaja) nectar feeding.

SunbirdC-jv-Combretum constrictum [AmarSingh]

“It is a male as the tail was already a darker shade of blue (not shown in these images) and it has developed the moustachial streaks. Possibly the first 2 signs of maturity in juvenile males.

SunbirdC-jv-Combretum constrictum [AmarSingh]

“The plant it is feeding on is the Powderpuff Combretum (Combretum constrictum). Although thought to come from Thailand it is actually native to tropical Africa; from Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Somalia and Tanzania.

SunbirdC-jv-Combretum constrictum [AmarSingh]

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
28th April 2016

Location: Sandakan, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban Environment

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