Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker – new food source

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I saw two Crimson-breasted Flowerpeckers (Prionochilus percussus ignicapilla) feeding actively on the fruiting stalks of Piper aduncum (Tree Pepper or Spiked Pepper, native to the West Indies and tropical America). Its fruit is a small drupe with black seeds and said to be very sweet with a peppery flavour, and spread by bats and birds. In the past I have observed the Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma trigonostigma) feeding on the Piper aduncum, see OBI links:

http://orientalbirdimages.org/search.php?Bird_Image_ID=41188&Bird_ID=2183&Bird_Family_ID=&Location=

http://orientalbirdimages.org/search.php?Bird_Image_ID=41187&Bird_ID=2183&Bird_Family_ID=&Location=

I would not be surprised if many species of Flowerpecker feed on this exotic (Yellow-vented Flowerpecker also known to feed on it – Mike Chong).

On this occasion I saw an adult male and an immature female feed and finish 2 long stalks. I wondered if they were taking some away to feed young as they paid multiple visits.

I managed two short handheld videos, using a tree to lean against for stability: https://youtu.be/BR7trIhy5T0

 

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Forest fringe

Date: 4th February 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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