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Crimson Sunbird robbing nectar from Tapioca flowers

on 5th August 2018
Juvenile Crimson Sunbird among Tapioca flower buds.

MeiLin Khoo’s video captures a juvenile Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) robbing nectar form the flowers of Tapioca (Manihot esculanta). Note that the sunbird is undergoing active moulting to take on an adult plumage.

Juvenile Crimson Sunbird robbing Tapioca flower of nectar.

Note that the sunbird is probing into flower buds for the nectar – well before the buds unfold. This is stealing/robbing the flowers of their nectar.

An earlier post can be viewed HERE.

MeiLin Khoo
Singapore
17th July 2018

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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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