We all know about flowers and nectar and pollination, for some flowers the pollinators are hummingbirds, for most it's bees or other insects. We came across a couple birds that cheat however.
The Slaty Flowerpiercer is one of those birds. They use their oddly shaped bill to grasp the base of a flower and then poke a hole in to drain out the nectar, bypassing that whole messy pollination process.
They're not the only one who does this.
The Stripe-tailed's looked to be moulting. These birds were a couple hundred yards apart and on opposite sides of a river
Not so with the Violet-ears, whose plumage seemed fairly pristine.