Macarange bancana attracts Green Iora and flycatchers

on 10th November 2009

An account of various sunbirds attracted to the seeds of Macaranga bancana was posted earlier. This post documents visits by the Green Iora (Aegithina viridissima viridissima) and two flycatchers.

“According to the Red Data, the Green Iora is Near Threatened, bordering on Vulnerable locally (not internationally). The species is a mainly recorded as feeding on invertebrates / insects (Wells 2007) and my observations confirm this. I have personally documented the bird feeding on flying insects and caterpillars, never fruit.

“However, on 21st October 2009 at the Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve in the Malaysian state of Perak, I had an unexpected encounter with the iora, an adult female, feeding on the fruit of Macaranga bancana. I only saw this one fruit feeding episode in two days I was keeping watch on the tree (left).

“On 24th October 2009, the Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica) dominated the tree throughout this feeding period but I never saw it eat the fruit (although had my suspicions at times). The female Yellow-Rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia) tried to come frequently (managed a few times) but was chased away by the Asian Brown Flycatcher. I suspect both of them were using the feeding frenzy that stirred up insects to feed.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Perak, Malaysia
21st/24th October 2009

Wells, D.R., 2007. The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsular. Vol. II, Passerines. Christopher Helm, London. 800 pp.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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