Grey-breasted Spiderhunter – feeding behaviour

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Grey-breasted Spiderhunters (Arachnothera modesta) are competitive when feeding at a fruiting Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea). They actively chase away all smaller birds, like Sunbirds and Flycatchers. They have 2 feeding techniques. The common one is holding onto a leaf stem or a branch and leaning over to reach fruit (above); often upside down. The second is ‘fluttering’ to reach fruit and snatch it (below). Fruit is moved from the tip of the beak downward using the aid of the long tongue.


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

20th September 2021


Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Primary forest

Equipment: Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone


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