Mistletoebird of Australia

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Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum) is also known as Australian Flowerpecker and Mistletoe Flowerpecker. The bird is confined to Australia, the Moluccas, Tanimbar and Aru Islands. This flowerpecker is found wherever there are mistletoes, plants of the family Loranthaceae. The birds help … Continued

Barbets and papaya

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Following an earlier post on the Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon) feeding on a papaya, Daisy O’Neill sent in her images of a Red-throated (Megalaima mystacophanos) (above left) as well as a Gold-whiskered similarly (above right) feeding on the papay (Carica … Continued

Seed dispersal by bulbuls in Hong Kong

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When bird-photographers and even birders make observations in the field on the fruits birds take, they could keep an eye on how the fruits are eaten – swallowed whole, pecked piece by piece, squashed the contents out, etc. And another … Continued

Gold-whiskered Barbet and papaya

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Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon) is recorded to eat fruits such as figs and berries, as well as insects. Generally, its food habits are not well known. Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman has now added papaya (Carica papaya) as a new food … Continued

Purple Swamphen eating mollusc

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Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio) is a colourful large bird common in freshwater wetlands of Singapore and Malaysia. The bird is predominantly vegetarian, eating a wide range of water plants: water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes), water spangle (Salvinia molesta), water lily (Nymphaea), … Continued

Little Spiderhunter: Nectar from banana flowers

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An earlier post gave an account of a Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster) collecting nectar from the flowers of the banana plant (Musa) by Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman Now, he has photographed a Little Spiderhunter (A. longirostra) collecting nectar, also from … Continued