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Crimson Sunbird – juvenile male feeding on Combretum constrictum

on 10th July 2016

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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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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