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

Hibiscus and nectar harvest

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An image by Melinda Chan shows a male Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) robbing nectar from a hibiscus flower by probing his bill through the base of the flower (left). Now why did the bird do that? The natural pollinator of … Continued

Heliconias and sunbirds

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Heliconias (Heliconia spp.) are native to Central and South America and some islands of the South Pacific. Because they bear large, colorful and conspicuous flowering branches in various sizes, shapes and designs, they are favourite garden plants throughout the tropics … Continued

Cannas and nectar harvest

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Cannas are popular border plants with large, showy flowers of red, yellow or yellow spotted with red. These plants are native to tropical America and have been cultivated in Singapore for decades. All these garden cannas are hybrids (below). The … Continued

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