Oriental Bird Images

Grey-breasted Spiderhunter Arachnothera modesta modesta   - Feeding
Grey-breasted Spiderhunter
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :fringe of forest reserve, Kledang-Saiong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 14 September 2020
English synonyms:Gray-breasted Spiderhunter
Bird Family :Nectariniini - Sunbirds & Spiderhunters
Red Data Status :Not Evaluated
Remarks :Images of a Grey-breasted Spiderhunter coming out of the forest to feed on the nectar of the Musa ornata/Musa violacea (Flowering Banana), a favourite of the bird. I have summarised below most of my observations of food sources over the years. As this bird comes out of the forest to visit village gardens, the range is much larger than my list. A simple image search online will show many other nectar sources including wild gingers, nectar of the Spathodea campanulata (African Tulip Tree) and a number of garden plants. Their beak is often stained with pollen. Fruit is less common, but no fruiting season of the Macarangas will pass without me seeing a few of them feeding there. Insect prey has been the hardest to observe, but I am sure juveniles are fed animal prey.

Personal Observations of Food Sources of the Grey-breasted Spiderhunter:

Nectar sources:
Musaceae species (various Banana species, native and exotic)
Musa ornata (Musa violacea, Flowering Banana, native species)
Musa x paradisiaca 'Seribu' (Musa '1000 Fingers' Banana)
Dendrophthoe pentandra (Malayan Mistletoe)
Cocos nucifera (Coconut)
Clerodendrum thomsoniae (Bleeding-Heart Vine)
Malvaviscus arboreus (Wax Mallow, Ladies Teardrop)
Erythrina species
Other unidentified forest tree flowers

Fruit sources:
Macaranga bancana
Macaranga gigantea (Giant Mahang)
Another possible fruit source is Glochidion sumatrana (Cleistanthus sumatranus)

Animal Prey:

- Amar

Taxonomic Notes :Arachnothera modesta split from Arachnothera affinis following Davison, G. W. H., 2000. Notes on the taxonomy of some Bornean Birds. - Sarawak Mus. J., (75): 289-299 (1999).