Daily Archives: 26/05/2013

Abundance of blooming hibiscus & morning glory in PP8A have attracted many species of sunbirds to feed on its nectar

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Male sunbird

It is not uncommon to have spotted different species of lovely sunbirds feeding on hibiscus nectar along the main road behind our entrance guard house. The RA has spent hundreds of Ringgit on fertilizer to nourish the plant to ensure plenty of hibiscus flower nectar for the sunbird while keeping our Taman entrance always looks  green, flowery, healthy and vibrant.

 The RA is not only entrusted to look after the security system, environment, plants but also sunbird and nesting place for the native white breasted waterhen, greater coucal, peaceful dove, kingfisher……and many more species of bird nesting at the river side wetland so as to maintain the ecosystem and conservation of its biodiversity.

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Sunbird is printed on Malaysian stamp

Olive Backed Sunbird  Nectarina jugularis Yellow-breasted Sunbird, Kelichap Bukit  (Malay) (太阳鸟)  is a species of sunbird found from Southern Asia to Australia. It has adapted well to humans, and is now common even in fairly densely populated areas, even forming their nests in human dwellings. The sunbirds are a group of very small Old World passerine birds which feed largely on nectar, although they will also take insects, especially when feeding young. Their flight is fast and direct on their short wings. Most species can take nectar by hovering, but usually perch to feed most of the time. Flower tubes that bar access to nectar because of their shape, are simply punctured at the base near the nectarines.  (see photo below)

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Sunbird is printed on Singaporean dollar

 For more readings & reference on olive backed sunbird please read link below
 http://www.naturia.per.sg/buloh/birds/Nectarina_jugularis.htm
 http://ms.wikipedia.org/wiki/Burung_Kelicap_Bukit
 http://www.malaysianbirds.com/bird-family/sunbird.htm
 http://www.philippinestamps.net/RP2009-Birds0513R.htm
 http://baike.baidu.com/view/373744.htm
 
Thumbnail pictures below were taken on 26/5/2013 Sunday morning at the corner end of Jalan PP2/8 with Nikon Coolpix P510 42x zoom lens