Spectacled Spiderhunter – behaviour

posted in: birds, Miscellaneous | 0

Post 1

I have watched the Spiderhunters that visit the flowering Spathodea campanulata (African Tulip Trees) extensively and would like to share some further observations. A number of immature birds also visited the trees; in particular the immatures of the Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster).

Post 2

When I first saw this behaviour (Post 1 & 2) I thought it could be aggressive behaviour to chase off other feeding spiderhunters. But I saw these birds also chasing their own species and posturing in this manner towards adult Spectacled Spiderhunters. So this could be immature birds begging for food.

Post 3

Wells (2007) reports similar behaviour seen before copulation, however I did not observe any mating. This particular bird did this for close to 2 minutes, with calls, allowing me some distant images. I also saw immature Grey-breasted Spiderhunters (Arachnothera modesta modesta) begging for food from adults

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Post 4

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

Location: Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Secondary growth adjacent to limestone outcroppings

Date: 10th 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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