Pink-necked Green Pigeon eats petals

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According to Lim Poh Bee, there have been many reports of different species of birds including the Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans) feasting on the seeds of the yellow simpoh air (Dillenia suffruticosa) (1, 2 and 3).

“But in early November 2009 I observed a pair of Pink-necked Green Pigeons at Bukit Batok Nature Park picking the yellow petals of the simpoh air flowers and swallowing them. It was a surprising sight,” recounts Poh Bee.

“The actions were very fast but were repeated several times. After all the petals from one flower were finished, the pigeons would go to another flower and consumed the petals from there too. As can be seen from the image attached, the birds seemed to be enjoying themselves. The petals must have been very delicious morsels.”

An earlier post shows the Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) eating the flowers of the starfruit tree (Averrhoa carambola).

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