Brown-throated Sunbird – nectar feeding

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Above is an adult male Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis malacensis)  feeding on the nectar of the Callistemon species (Bottlebrush) in our garden. A common nectar source.

Above is also a male Brown-throated Sunbird feeding on Scurrula ferruginea (Rusty-leaf Mistletoe) nectar. This again, is a common nectar source. I am not certain if the Brown-throated Sunbird has a definite eclipse plumage phase (a plumage phase between one breeding season to the other). I have seen birds in this stage of plumage occasionally and they are all self-feeding and behave as I expect adult to (calls, aggressiveness, etc). This could be a juvenile moulting into an adult male plumage if no eclipse plumage phase exists for this species.

Cheke and Mann (2001) and Wells (2007) do not mention an eclipse plumage phase.

  1. Cheke, R.A. and Mann, C.F. (2001) Sunbirds; a guide to the sunbirds, flowerpeckers, spiderhunters and sugarbirds of the world. Christopher Helm, London.
  2. Wells, D.R. (2007) The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsula: Vol. 2 (Passerines). Christopher Helm, London.


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

Habitat: Urban environment

Date: 12th and 28th May 2020

Equipment: Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S 105mm f/2.8G VR IF-ED



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