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Crimson Sunbird – more food sources

on 26th October 2021

I saw a family unit of four Crimson Sunbirds (Aethopyga siparaja siparaja) from a distance. I observed them feeding on the nectar of the Acacia mangium (above shows the plant; no images of flowers and feeding) and a wild Ipomoea species (below), both new food sources.

Earlier I had seen a juvenile feed on a cultivated Holmskioldia sanguinea (the Chinese Top Hat plant) – an exotic plant that is a particular favourite of this sunbird (below).

In the past I have also seen the Olive-backed Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis) feed on the Acacia mangium nectar.

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Fringe of the city, secondary growth

Date: 28th January 2021

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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