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Crimson Sunbird – new food sources

on 25th October 2021

I have missed posting some new food sources of Crimson Sunbirds (Aethopyga siparaja siparaja).

Post 1 – above

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Limestone hills at city fringe with secondary growth

Date: 12th November 2020

I observed a juvenile adult male feeding on the nectar of the flowers of the Hong Kong Orchid Tree (Bauhinia blakeana). Exotic plant, nectar feeding, conventional technique.

Post 2 – above

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Limestone hills at city fringe with secondary growth

Date: 23rd September 2019

The Chinese Top Hat plant (Holmskioldia sanguinea) is a particular favourite and I have observed feeding numerous times. Exotic plant, nectar feeding, conventional technique. Adult male shown.

Post 3 – above

Location: Sandakan, Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

Habitat: Urban Environment

Date: 28th April 2016

I have reported this before but posting a new image for the benefit of some members.

Powderpuff Combretum (Combretum constrictum). Exotic plant, nectar feeding, conventional technique. Juvenile male shown.

I have also updated my list of plants I have previously observed Crimson Sunbirds feeding on:

  1. Cassava Flower; local name Pokok Ubi Gajah (Manihot esculenta) – native plant, nectar feeding, conventional technique
  2. Wax Mallow or Ladies Teardrop (Malvaviscus arboreus) – exotic plant, nectar feeding, conventional technique
  3. Hibiscus ‘Brilliant’ cultivar (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) – native distribution is uncertain, nectar feeding, nectar robbing technique
  4. Malayan Mistletoe (Dendrophthoe pentandra) – native plant, nectar and fruit feeding, conventional technique
  5. Rusty-leaf Mistletoe (Scurrula ferruginea) – native plant, nectar feeding, conventional technique
  6. Starfruit tree (Averrhoa carambola) – native plant, nectar feeding, conventional technique
  7. Devil’s Backbone (Euphorbia tithymaloides) – exotic plant, nectar feeding, conventional technique
  8. Coconut (Cocos nucifera) – native plant, nectar feeding, conventional technique
  9. Feeding on spiders at spider web
  10. Feeding on an invertebrate/larvae

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

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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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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