Sunday, 24 January 2010

Plain Flowerpecker

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The Plain flowerpecker (Dicaeum concolor) is a tiny bird that frequents the flowering trees in Karimannoor.

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They possess a feathery tongue with which they are able to sip nectar from flowers. However, they also feed on fruits, insects and spiders.

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Being a flower feeder makes them important agents of pollination among the flowering trees.

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They are quite restless, usually seen singly in treetops, but also forages down low.

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This species is very similar to the Tickell’s flowerpecker but that species has a lighter coloured beak.

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I spotted this bird on a Bottlebrush tree (Callistemon species), foraging for nectar among the flowers. The tree was just above the nest of a Purple-rumped sunbird. After a while the sunbirds got agitated and chased the flowerpecker away.

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