Spiderhunter, Sunbird, Flowerpecker – Food Source

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There is a very tall flowering tree at this site that attracts Spiderhunters, Sunbirds, Flowerpeckers to its nectar. It is difficult to observe all the birds visiting as the tree is very tall and has fairly dense foliage. It is a Syzygium species, most likely the Syzygium grande (Sea Apple). Birds I am certain that feed on its nectar include the:

  1. Grey-breasted Spiderhunter Arachnothera modesta modesta
  2. Spectacled Spiderhunter Arachnothera flavigaster
  3. Brown-throated Sunbird Anthreptes malacensis malacensis
  4. Orange-bellied Flowerpecker Dicaeum trigonostigma

The Long-billed Spiderhunter Arachnothera robusta robusta and other bird also visit the tree often, but I have failed to see their feeding behaviour there.

Post 1.

Post 2.

Post 1 shows a female Brown-throated Sunbird at the flowers.

Post 2 an image of flowers and leaves to aid plant ID.


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

Habitat: Secondary growth adjacent to limestone outcroppings

Date: 7th December 2020

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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