Brown-throated Sunbird feeding Dillenia suffruticosa seeds

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“Spotted a female Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis malacensis) feeding on the fruit of the Simpoh Air (Dillenia suffruticosa).

“Numerous feeding episodes were observed. This is a common shrub of disturbed open forest with large yellow flowers. Ivan Polunin, Plants and Flowers of Malaysia 1988, says ‘The red fruits open before dawn into several segments, exposing the red-fleshed seemingly tasteless seeds which are so attractive to birds that they are usually eaten before we get a chance to see them.’

“These images were taken at 8.30am. I have previously documented Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus) feeding on them in 2008.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
26th September 2014

Location: Ulu Kinta Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Ex-logging trail through mixed secondary and primary forest

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