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
 

 
 
  

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

  1. Kong Kok Meng 江国民 (PP8A /Gabungan Chairman)

  2. Kong Kok Meng 江国民 (PP8A /Gabungan Chairman)

    太阳鸟有细长微弯的嘴和管状的长舌,和蜂鸟一样以吸食花蜜为生。但遇到小甲虫和蜘蛛,也不放过开荤的机会,抓来充饥。它还是带翅膀的“月下老人”,为植物传授花粉。太阳鸟是珍贵的益鸟,要严加保护.

  3. I hope we can have some residents who are really ‘into’ planting trees and flowers can start contributing your time to look for ways to improve or plant trees/flowers to make our Taman looks even better. A good idea from the developer, during the talk between 8A, 8B and the developer yesterday, is to plant some small/short trees along the playground boundary, to beautify the playground and also minimise basketball or kids running onto the road after the ball, which can be dangerous.

  4. Kong Kok Meng 江国民 (PP8A /Gabungan Chairman)

  5. Kong Kok Meng 江国民 (PP8A /Gabungan Chairman)

  6. Kong Kok Meng 江国民 (PP8A /Gabungan Chairman)

    I appeal to all PP8A residents to plant more hibiscus at your yard, so as to attract more sunbirds to your house everyday. Hibiscus is a tropical shrub plant, very easy to grow and to take care of, just water, fertilizer and trim regularly, you will enjoy year round flower blooming thus attracting sunbirds, butterfly and bee that feed on nectar. Indeed a good learning lesson for your children education about life, ecology and nature.

    As I was not able to capture the cute and fast flying sunbird video near my house to share with you all, however I do can share the beauty, lovely and graceful sunbird video via you-tube uploaded by others.

  7. It’s good that every morning you can hear the birds are chipping. So relaxing.

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