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I have observed Olive-backed Sunbirds (Cinnyris jugularis) feeding on the nectar of Clitoria ternatea (blue pea or butterfly pea) flowers a number of times but missed image documentation. This is a new food source for the species.

I saw the activity again today, 31st January 2022, in Ipoh, Perak.

Nectar is taken by using a nectar robbing technique – piercing the base of the flower and hence does not aid with pollination.

Cinnyris jugularis is said to have originated from the Indonesian archipelago.

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

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