Blue-winged Leafbird – diet/location

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“I was surprised to find a pair of Blue-winged Leafbirds (Chloropsis cochinchinensis moluccensis) feeding at this site as the nearest good jungle patch is about 3-4 km away (below).

LeafbirdBW-mistletoe [AmarSingh]

“I suspect the resent prolonged rains and unusually cold weather the past week had made these, and other birds, look further afield for food.

“This site has some fruit and vegetable farming surrounded by secondary growth. The pair was feeding on the nectar of the Mistletoe specie…

LeafbirdBW-chiku [AmarSingh]

“…as well as on the fruit of the Manilkara zapota – Sapodilla – native to Mexico and Central American but grown extensively in Malaysia and called locally as ‘Ciku’ or ‘Chiku’ (above, below).

LeafbirdBW-chiku [AmarSingh]

“Adult male shown in all the images shown here.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
16th January 2018

Location: Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Secondary growth at city fringe

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