Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Photoshoot session with the Eastern Crimson Sunbird

Eastern Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) - Kelicap Sepah Raja- Malay

 It's one of the most attractively coloured bird at the park.  The outstanding feature is its crimson head and back. The wings are dark grey.  It is often seen frequenting the Chinese hat plant, heliconia bracts and the yellow Ixora coccinea flowers.  It is a very small bird and moves very fast, thus to get a good close-up of it I have to resort to making a hideout close to its favourite spot at the park.  The male bird produces very cheerful notes in the early morning when its forages for insects and nectar from the flowers.  The adult male has dark blue forehead and crown.

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