Scarlet-backed Flowerpeckers and mistletoes

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Some years ago, Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS introduced the semi-parasitic tropical mistletoe plants onto to his Horseshoe Vitex (Vitex nugundo) tree growing in his Canning Garden home in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. The mistletoes proliferated, flowered and fruited. The fruits of … Continued

Crimson Sunbird and Water Canna

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Liu Jianzhong a.k.a. Jz photographed a juvenile male Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) sipping nectar from the flower of the Water Canna (Thalia geniculata). Note his tongue projecting out from the tip of his bill. The Water Canna belongs to the … Continued

Tongue of the Little Spiderhunter

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Besides spiders, the Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra) is a specialised nectar feeder. Its long tongue can protrude several centimetres beyond the tip of the bill, such that it can probe nectar found deep inside flowers. The above image by Liu … Continued

Eurasian Tree Sparrow and cockscomb

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Amy Sobrielo read our earlier post on the disappearing Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus) and wrote, “…you’d like to know that they came to my balcony regularly for about three weeks not because we are of the same race… but … Continued