Streaked Spiderhunter’s bill…

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A Streaked Spiderhunter (Arachnothera magna) and a Little Spiderhunter (A. longirostra) were shown with their bills dusted with pollen in an earlier post. This was the result of the birds collecting nectar from flowers of the ornamental banana plant, Musa … Continued

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