Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman has managed to photograph a Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) in the act of eating a Benjamin fig or waringin (Ficus benjamina) (above). The images clearly shows the bird swallowing the fig whole.
Mark Chua’s image (left) shows the bulbul swallowing a frg from the bodh tree (F. religiosa).
An earlier post showed that birds either swallow the figs whole, bite off pieces or mash up the figs before swallowing. The method of eating obviously depends on the size of the figs involved.
Images of the benjamin fig by Dr. Redzlan Abdul Rahman and that of bodh by Mark Chua.