In November 2009, Chan Wei Luen a.k.a. luenny photographed a Straw-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster) eating the fruits of a Red Tree-vine (Leea indica). This is a small tree of up to 10 metres high. The berries are purple, turning black.
The plant foods of the Straw-headed Bulbul include figs, mistletoes (Loranthaceae), Indian cherry (Muntingia calabura) and MacArthur Palm (Ptychosperma macarthurii). Fruits of Leea indica would be a new food record.
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