Brown-throated Sunbird – female collecting caterpillars for young

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“These images and observations are from our ‘magic’ kitchen window which allow good, close observations as the tinted glass and our wild garden combination brings many birds. When my wife calls me to the window, I have to grab my camera and rush over.

“This time it was to see the ‘odd’ behaviour of an adult female Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis malacensis). This sunbird is well known for feeding on nectar with some records of frugivory (I have posted a few). But animal prey apart from spiders is limited.

“We saw the female collecting a number of caterpillars and adeptly holding them in the beak to take to feed young.

“She was meticulous searching damaged leaves in our Powder Puff ‘forest’ (Calliandra emarginata) for these small caterpillars.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Location: Canning Garden Home, Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban environment
Date: 9th May 2015

Location: Canning Garden Home, Ipoh City, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Urban environment
9th May 2015

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