Sarumisi Bamburaeng

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Foto: BI/Donny Tayang

In Sangihe, North Sulawesi birds that are members of the of the honey bird family are nicknamed the Sarumisi Bamburaeng. They have bright colors, which is usual for this type of birds. Their main characteristic of the male is their furry earmuffs and purplered neck, metallic blue-green crown and yellowish olive-colored backs. While the female is paler in color and has a scaly crown.

These birds are highly dependent on natural forests. They can also be found in mixed or oil palm plantations and at the edge of primary forests at an altitude of 1,000 m above sea level.

They regularly suck the nectar of coconut flowers, looking under its foliage and hunting insects behind the plant. The bird may be seen alone or in pairs. Sometimes it is also in the company of other honey birds or with chili birds.

The Elegant Sunbird (Aethopyga duyvenbodei) is one type of honey bird, and can only be found on one island in the world – Sangihe, North Sulawesi. Their population density there is very low, except in a single location: Sahendaruman Mountain. Their population in the wild is estimated to be between 13,000-29,000 individual adults. Their numbers are in decline as a result of human encroachment onto their habitat. The World Conservation Union has defined their status as endangered.

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