Thick-billed Flowerpecker and the fruiting fig tree

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Post 1.

I went back to the fruiting Ficus religiosa (Sacred Fig) that is situated at the forest fringe to continue observations. A large number of flowerpeckers come out to feed but assessing numbers is not easy due to some coming and going, the large size of this tree (spread out crown), the height and the rapid movement of these and other birds. I have attempted to determine numbers but have chosen to underestimate them.

Post 2.

The commonest flowerpecker present is the Thick-billed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum agile modestum), with 10-12 present at any one time. The birds have to be acrobatic to reach some ripe fruit (Post 3). The tongue of the Thick-billed Flowerpecker is orange-yellow (Post 2). Fruit is taken piecemeal (Post 1). Note the lighter lower mandible (best seen in Post 4).

Post 3.

Others flowerpeckers feeding there today included:

5-6 Yellow-vented Flowerpeckers Dicaeum chrysorrheum

3-4 Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker Prionochilus percussus

3-4 Orange-bellied Flowerpeckers Dicaeum trigonostigma

1 Plain Flowerpecker Dicaeum concolor

I did not see the Yellow-breasted and Scarlet-backed Flowerpeckers but it is possible to miss birds in the large numbers present.

Post 4.


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

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Fringe of primary forest

Date: 28th November 2020

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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