Santi Xayyasith’s images show the Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) takes nectar from flowers of Butea monosperma, commonly known as Flame of the Forest and Bastard Teak. The tree is a member of the legume family and has bright orange-red flowers.
Purple Sunbird takes small insects, spiders, fruits and flower nectar (Cheke & Mann, 2008). Of flower nectar, a few plants are listed but no mention of Butea monosperma.
8th February 2017
Cheke, R. A. & C. F. Mann, 2008. Family Nectariniidae (Sunbirds). In: del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott & D. A. Christie (eds.), Handbook of the birds of the world. Vol. 13. Penduline-tits to Shrikes. Lynx Editions, Barcelona. Pp. 196-320.
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