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Crimson Sunbird Aethopyga siparaja siparaja   - Food plant
Crimson Sunbird
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :secondary growth at city fringe, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 28 January 2021
English synonyms:Eastern Crimson Sunbird, Scarlet-breasted Sunbird, Scarlet-throated Sunbird, Yellow-backed Sunbird, Magnificent Sunbird (magnifica), Goulpourah Sunbird, Greater Crimson Sunbird (seheriae), Lesser Crimson Sunbird (siparaja), Sulawesi Sunbird (flavostriata, beccarii)
Bird Family :Nectariniini - Sunbirds & Spiderhunters
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Acacia mangium.

I saw a family unit of four birds from some distance. I observed them feeding on the nectar of the Acacia mangium and a wild Ipomoea species, both new food sources. Earlier I had seen a juvenile feed on a cultivated Holmskioldia sanguinea (the Chinese Top Hat plant) an exotic plant that is a particular favourite of this sunbird.

In the past I have also seen the Olive-backed Sunbird Cinnyris jugularis feed on Acacia mangium nectar. - Amar

Taxonomic Notes :Note that the form vigorsii is now treated as a separate full species: Vigors's Sunbird Aethopyga vigorsii.

The form magnifica is sometimes treated as a full species Magnificent Sunbird A. (s.) magnifica.

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