Grey-breasted Spiderhunter – nectar feeding

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“A dismal day with much drizzle and dark clouds but this Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta modesta) made up for it. Met it at the fringe of the forest reserve where it had entered the gardens of some homes to feed on nectar.

“The above image was surprise – feeding on Clerodendrum thomsoniae (Bleeding-Heart Vine) nectar.

“The spiderhunter also fed on the nectar of Musa ‘1000 Fingers’ (a very, very long banana fruiting stem that has 1,000s of fingers/fruit and stretches 2-4 meters long) (above).

“The above image shows it feeding on the nectar of Musa ornata (Flowering Banana). I missed the images, so a composite.

“This bird lacked the prominent blackish shaft-line on the upper breast and may be an immature.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
19th October 2014

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Fringe of the forest reserve/primary jungle

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