Black-chinned Yuhina and Erythrina arborescens flowers

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“The Black-chinned Yuhina (Yuhina nigrimenta) is a smaller yuhinia and quite a delight to watch (above, below). Pity light was not on our side to document all its antics.

The image below shows nectar feeding on one of the common flowers used in Sikkim by birds. I think it is the Erythrina arborescens (Himalayan Coral Tree). A common tree locally and visited by many birds. Locally called in Nepali Theki kath, Phaledo or Roringe – see HERE.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
14th September 2015

Location: Kewzing, Ravangla Subdivision, South Sikkim, India
Habitat: A road cutting through mixed secondary and primary forest, 1,700m ASL

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