“I observed another episode of frugivory by Ruby-cheeked Sunbirds (Chalcoparia singalensis interposita) today.
“Most literature supports insect and nectar feeding for this sunbird but I have observed fruit feeding more often than nectar feeding (insects are most common). In the past I have seen them feeding on the fruit of the Blue Mahang (Macaranga heynei, formerly known as M. javanica), small berries and also taking pieces of ficus fruit (Amar-Singh, 2010).
“Today I saw both an adult male (above) and an adult female (Amar-Singh, 2010) feed on the small fruit of a tree.
“The tree was full of many creepers but the fruit was coming from inflorescences from the stem of the tree. Post 2 is a poor image of the bird collecting fruit but better illustrates the fruit and flowers (no identification of tree as yet).”
Amar-Singh HSS (2010). Feeding habits and behaviour of the Ruby-cheeked Sunbird Chalcoparia singalensis in Perak, Malaysia. BirdingASIA 14 (2010): 46–51.
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
13th February 2017
Location: Ulu Kinta Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Previously logged forest with secondary growth and some primary forest