(Picture by João Boto and Daniel Bensen)


    A true gem on its own, the rare crimson waterfall barbet (Hydropicus sanguineodorsalis), measuring no more than 25 centimetres in length (of which 15 represents the tail) inhabits stream and waterfall areas of Malaysia's rainforests.

    The Crimson Waterfall Barbet, is only associated with Speckoltia gigantiflora, discovered at the same time. Few specimens have been observed ever since, making this bird's habits badly known. It feed upon S. gigantiflora's nectar, and nests on its roots, or in rock crevices near them.

    Natural predators of this little bird include snakes, lizards and some carnivorous birds.

(Text by João Boto and Daniel Bensen)
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