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Brown-throated Sunbird Anthreptes malacensis malacensis   - Female feeding
Brown-throated Sunbird
Photographer : © Amar-Singh HSS
Location :Ex-logging trail through mixed secondary and primary forest, Ulu Kinta Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Date : 26 September 2014
English synonyms:Plain-throated Sunbird, Grey-throated Sunbird (griseigularis)
Bird Family :Nectariniini - Sunbirds & spiderhunters
Red Data Status :Least Concern
Remarks :Spotted a female Brown-throated Sunbird feeding on the fruit of the Dillenia suffruticosa. Numerous feeding episodes were observed. This is a common shrub of disturbed open forest with large yellow flowers. Ivan Polunin, Plants and Flowers of Malaysia 1988, says “The red fruits open before dawn into several segments, exposing the red-fleshed seemingly tasteless seeds which are so attractive to birds that they are usually eaten before we get a chance to see them.” These images were taken at 8.30am. I have previously documented Olive-winged Bulbul Pycnonotus plumosus feeding on them in 2008.

I also considered the female Red-throated Sunbird Anthreptes rhodolaemus, which is also common here. The two females are quite alike. But in my experience the female Red-throated Sunbird's face has a sharper contrast in eye ring which does not go all the way round, gap anteriorly and posteriorly. The eye ring also looks ‘thicker’, more like in White-eyes. See image with female Red-throated Sunbird inset.

- Amar

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