Grey-breasted Spiderhunter – Juvenile Feeding

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The Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea), when fruiting, is a great location to observe the feeding behaviour of a large number of bird species. On this occasion there were a number of Grey-breasted Spiderhunters (Arachnothera modesta), some with juveniles present, as well as many Sunbirds and Flycatchers.

Although the juveniles were self-feeding at times, their primary food was still from parents. It was interesting to observe that the parent would collect a number of Macaranga gigantean fruit in its beak (above) and with fruits still in its oral cavity, collecting more (below).

The fruit was then ‘regurgitate’ to feed juveniles. I missed most of the feeding images as the parent would call the juveniles over, often in partly hidden locations (behind leaves), to feed them. I am not aware if fruit feeding to juveniles has been recorded previously. The image below shows two of the juveniles present.


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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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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