Starling and bulbul feeding on Macaranga sp.

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Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS was at the fringe of Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia on 17th November 2009. He encountered a flock of Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis strigata) in a feeding frenzy at this fruiting Macaranga sp. tree. The only other bird feeding here were the Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus plumosus).

Earlier posts detail M. bancana and M. heynei as also favourite bird trees.

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  1. I have seen a small group of long-tailed parakeets feeding on a fruiting Macaranga gigantea a few years ago. It was observed from the Golf Link boardwalk not far from the Jelutong Tower in MacRitchie. Hopefully, some day, someone can capture more bird feeding frenzy of our local Mahang plants!

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  2. Our birdwatchers should show more interest in feeding frenzy in trees other than figs.

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  3. Richard Corlett

    Green Macaranga fruits may seem unpromising foods for birds, but they split open to reveal 2-3 round seeds covered in a thin layer of edible material. I have analyzed this material in Macaranga tanarius – and also in the closely related Mallotus paniculatus – and in both cases it is rich (30-60%) in fat. This will provide a lot more energy than a bird can get from eating a typical fruit, where the flesh is mostly water and sugar. Birds aren’t stupid when it comes to food!

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  4. Thanks for the information and the picture.

    Your Bird Feeder

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  5. […] “The only birds I have previously documented feeding on the fruit of this Macaranga sp. are Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis strigata) and Olive-winged Bulbuls (Pycnonotus plumosus plumosus), see HERE. […]

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