Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker – animal prey


“This is not a great image as I saw this Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus percussus ignicapilla) high up in the dark canopy (above: immature female).

“But the observation is important.

“Crimson-breasted Flowerpeckers are obligate furgivores (Wells 2007, Cheke & Mann 2016).

“This female has a spider in the beak and hence suggests animal prey as part of the diet. I am not able to find any other references, images/observations posted on-line on animal prey.

“My issues and opinions:
1. I am of the opinion that this is a Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker, having seen many (see Oriental Bird Club Image Database) but consider it an immature female.

“I am happy to discuss any other ID considerations.

2. The female did not immediately eat the spider. This made me consider that it could be bringing prey to a juvenile. But this bird looks immature, so that is odd.

3. Nesting for the species has not been observed locally. I cannot imagine young being brought up on fruit and must be feed animal protein.

“Appreciate thoughts and other experience.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
26th June 2016

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Trail along primary jungle

  1. Danny Lau

    The yellow vent , yellow tinged greyish head point towards a juv scarlet breasted
    flowerpecker. Crimson breasted flowerpecker has pale/whitish vent .

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