van Hasselt’s Sunbird feeding on Saraca flowers

23 Nov 2013   in Feathers-maintenance, Feeding-plants, Videography, Vocalisation 1 Comment »
Contributed by Jeremiah Loei & Subaraj Rajathurai

Jeremiah Loei’s video study of the van Hasselt’s Sunbird (Leptcoma brasiliana), also known as Purple-throated Sunbird, shows a pair feeding on the nectar of the Saraca flowers (Saraca sp.). The female, more interested in preening herself than feeding on the nectar, is conspicuous in her orange throat patch (below). According to nature consultant Subaraj Rajathurai, this patch is only seen during the breeding period.

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    One Response to "van Hasselt’s Sunbird feeding on Saraca flowers"

    1. Gretchen says:

      Nice study of some very active birds. It’s great to be able to watch so much of their behavior and enjoy their plumage that we often only catch a glimpse of.

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