Crimson Sunbird – new food sources

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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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