The “many Javan Mynahs (Acridotheres javanicus)… were feeding on the fruits of Claoxylon indicum (above left)… Looking through my binoculars, they actually were skillfully picking the tiny ripe seeds, and not the large green capsules… (above right)” says Steven Chong, when he was the Bukit Batok Nature Park. This was when he noticed a commotion around the fruiting tree nearby.
This smallish tree of secondary growth bears male and female flowers in different trees. The fruits are capsules (above right) that burst open to expose the two to three black seeds thinly coated with bright red pulp (left).
Images by Steven Chong except seeds by YC.
Re other birds taking the seeds: “…indeed, Asian Glossy Starlings, Yellow-vented Bulbuls, Asian Koels, amongst many more. I’m not sure about Straw-headed Bulbuls, will try to determine.” Margie
…. also Pink-necked Green Pigeons and Spotted Doves. The Spotted Doves mostly pick up the fallen seeds from the ground below, but also pluck them from the branches too.
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