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

Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker eating figs

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Jimmy Tan a.k.a. skylark was at the Panti Forest Reserve in Johor, Malaysia recently and caught sight of an adult male Scarlet-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus thoracicus) eating a fig. He posted his images in NaturePixels and is sharing the above with … Continued

Spectacled Spiderhunter collecting nectar

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Spidethunters, as the name implies, is supposed to feed on spiders. However, there has been “no record of web-robbing” (Wells, 2007) as its animal diet is not known. Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman managed to photograph a Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster) … Continued

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

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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

What do hornbills eat in Thailand?

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Hornbills are mainly fruit eaters, although their diet also includes invertebrates including caterpillars, small amphibians, reptiles and mammals. In Thailand a total of 13 species have been recorded. The different types of foods these spectacular birds take have been well … Continued