Crimson Sunbird robbing nectar from Tapioca flowers

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
17th July 2018

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