Barbets as Participants in Mixed Species Aerial Insect Feeding

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Birds feeding on termites or flying ants is an experience I have enjoyed since childhood. I occasional get to see these mixed species aerial insect feeding in forest locations. At 7.45am on 4th August 2022 at the Kledang Saiong Forest … Continued

Food for Plain Sunbird Anthreptes simplex Juveniles

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I recently reported the Plain Sunbird Anthreptes simplex male’s role with fledglings (https://besgroup.org/2022/06/27/plain-sunbird-anthreptes-simplex-males-role-with-fledglings/). On that occasion, the adult male was feeding the juvenile the fruit of the Macaranga bancana. On 4th August 2022, at the Kledang Saiong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia, I … Continued

Field Observations on the Rufous-fronted Babbler Cyanoderma rufifrons poliogaster

The Rufous-fronted Babbler (Cyanoderma rufifrons poliogaster) is aptly described as unobtrusive by Wells (2017) and there is limited information on the species in our region. Having observed a number of these babblers in 2022, especially in the past few weeks, … Continued

Nesting of the Chestnut-winged Babbler Cyanoderma erythropterum

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This short note is to summarise observations of the Chestnut-winged Babbler (Cyanoderma erythropterum) nesting. Understanding regarding the breeding biology of this babbler is limited.  Wells (2007) offers the most detailed account and describes nests as “sited in a tangle of … Continued

Diet of the Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta)

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I previously reported on the food sources I had observed for the Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta) – see reference. It compromises a predominance of nectar sources with some fruit and the occasional insect. In that list I omitted to mention … Continued

Plain Sunbird Anthreptes simplex – male’s role with fledglings

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    Regarding the parental role of the male Plain Sunbird Anthreptes simplex, Wells (2007) notes that “Females nest-build and attend fledglings; male role undescribed.” Cheke and Mann (2001) make no mention of parental roles.  I recently reported on Plain Sunbirds … Continued