Melastoma and flowerpeckers II

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Flowerpeckers are tiny birds that dart around the forest trees with lightning speed. Because of the rapid movement and being solitary birds, they are difficult to see. However, they always make their characteristic metallic clicking sound and with a little … Continued

Saraca and sunbirds

posted in: Feeding-plants, Plants, Sunbirds | 2

James Heng was at Lower Peirce in late January 2008 when he came across a sarcaca tree, possibly yellow saraca (Saraca thaipingensis), in full bloom: “There are about five pairs of Purple Throated Sunbirds (Nectariniua sperata) feeding voraciously on the … Continued

Asian Koel swallowing palm fruit

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An earlier post reported the Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea) swallowing the fruits of the Alexandra Palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae), to subsequently regurgitate the seeds. Now, Kevin Lam of Nature Spies has managed to document the stages of the bird swallowing the … Continued

Heliconias and sunbirds

posted in: Feeding strategy, Feeding-plants, Sunbirds | 10

Heliconias (Heliconia spp.) are native to Central and South America and some islands of the South Pacific. Because they bear large, colorful and conspicuous flowering branches in various sizes, shapes and designs, they are favourite garden plants throughout the tropics … Continued

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