“I have often seen the Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta modesta) feed on the nectar of coconut flowers LINK. This was an extended observation (above).
“It seemed to pick certain flowers, possibly the ones that were open and with nectar. All sort of postures were used to gain access (above).
“I once saw it appear to use the foot to gain access to a flower (above) but cannot be fully certain.
“The classical calls can be heard HERE with a sonogram and waveform (above). They sound like ‘tchittitew’ (Robson) or at times ‘tchittitcup’. They are used very often, while feeding or when moving to a new feeding tree.”
Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
1st November 2014
Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Fringe of the forest reserve/primary jungle