Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker – immature/juvenile

on 16th December 2021

I have often seen self-feeding immature/juvenile Crimson-breasted Flowerpeckers (Prionochilus percussus ignicapilla); here seen feeding on the fruit of a Clidemia hirta (Hairy Clidemia) which is a favourite food. Note the orange beak with a dark tip, the grey-brown iris, faint mustacial stripe and early breast yellow patch (seen below, and may indicate female).

Other food items observed in the past include:


Melastoma malabathricum (Straits Rhododendron)

Clidemia hirta (Hairy Clidemia) – they have a preference for the Clidemia hirta.

Ficus villosa, a creeping/climbing ficus

Ficus consociate

Ficus benjamina

Psidium guajava (Guava)

Syzygium samarangense (Eugenia aquea, Water Jambu)

Mistletoe species unknown

Muntingia calabura (Village Cherry)

Trema tomentosa (Rough Trema)

Buchanania arborescens (commonly known as little Gooseberry Tree or Sparrow’s Mango)

Also 3 other small jungle berries (one a creeper) of unknown ID

Animal Prey

Seen it rob spider webs and take spiders

An occasional participant of lowland mixed foraging parties (bird waves).


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia


Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Broken primary forest with secondary growth

Date: 23rd November 2020

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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