Spring is on its way in Hong Kong and the flowering trees are beginning to blossom. At the moment, the beautiful coral trees are the favourite of many nectar eating birds.
The flowers of the Coral tree are elephant trunk shaped with a bright red colour, locally they are also called the Elephant trunk flower .
They must be very delicious for the birds because I caught a couple of Hair-Crested Drongo, which mainly eat insects and seeds, feeding on a Coral tree a few days ago.
The Hair-crested Drongo is a native Asian bird and also called the “Spangled Drongo”. In the winter, many of them come from Northern China to enjoy the warmer climate in Hong Kong.
The Hair-crested Drongo is relatively big at about 30cm long and its dark blue fluorescent feathers and long hair-like feathers on the forehead make it unique.