Little Spiderhunter feeding nectar from Allamanda flowers

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“Often bird watching is a mixture of knowledge of the bird’s habitat and behaviour, chance and environmental conditions. Went back to the fringe of the forest reserve where I had seen spiderhunters enter gardens homes to feed on nectar. This is about 500m from primary jungle. It had rained the day before and last night, so the birds were hungry.

“A number of Spiderhunters were present for an hour feeding on almost every flowering plant and offered great views. Besides the banana flowers, the Little Spiderhunter (Arachnothera longirostra cinereicollis) also visited all the hibiscus species and the many Allamanda flowers. Most of the Allamanda species/cultivars here are Allamanda blanchetii or violacea. Either the purple/violet variety or the orange type ‘Golden Indonesian Sunset’. The birds bury their heads deep into the flower to reach the nectar. There is no piercing of the base of flowers to get to the nectar, as many sunbirds do.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
21st October 2014

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

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