Birds and chillies

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The image of a Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus) eating a piece of capsicum or chilli (Capsicum annuum) was taken in Belum, Malaysia. Howard Banwell kindly made it available to BESG.. Why birds and chillies? Well, on 9th February 2009, Sun … Continued

Common Flameback eating chempedak

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This male Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense) was photographed by Johnny Wee at the Singapore Botanic Gardens on September 2008. The woodpecker was eating an over-ripe chempedak fruit (Artocarpus integer) for about 15 minutes. Woodpeckers are primarily insectivorous, feeding mainly on … Continued

Crimson Sunbird taking nectar from snakeweed

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BK Lim’s image of a Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) taking nectar from a snakeweed (Stachytarpheta mutabilis) was taken in Penang Hill, Malaysia in January 2009. This attractive herb comes from Tropical America, a close relative to the common snakeweed (S. … Continued

Yellow-vented Bulbul swallows figs

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Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman has managed to photograph a Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) in the act of eating a Benjamin fig or waringin (Ficus benjamina) (above). The images clearly shows the bird swallowing the fig whole. Mark Chua’s image (left) … Continued