Heather Goessel’s image of the Yellow-vented Bulbul below shows the bird eating the flowers of the Starfruit (Averrhoa carambola). According to Heather this bulbul loves the starfruit flowers and appears several times a day to snack on them. Obviously the presence of nectar in the flowers is the attraction.
Other than Yellow-vented Bulbuls, Red-whiskered Bulbuls (Pycnonotus jocosus) have also been recorded eating the flowers and flower buds for the nectar LINK.
Sunbirds however sip nectar from the flowers of Starfruit rather than eat the flowers or their buds LINK.
11th August 2017
This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.