Ruby-cheeked Sunbird feeding on Rough Trema fruits

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“I saw a pair of adults Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Chalcoparia singalensis interposita) feeding juveniles on the fruits of Rough Trema (Trema tomentosa). The female had one in tow, following her around begging for feeds. The male had another stashed up in a tree and would return periodically with prey.

Adult female feeding juvenile.

“Above shows an adult female feeding a juvenile small fruits (a favourite of many bird species).

Juvenile trying to feed itself unsuccessfully.

“Above shows the juvenile unsuccessfully trying to get its own fruits.

Adult female foraging for animal prey.

“Above and below show adult female foraging for animal prey.

Adult female foraging for animal prey.

“Most feeds were animal prey but fruits were a good way to keep a hungry juvenile quiet.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
28th August 2018

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Trail along primary jungle

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