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Asian Glossy Starling feasts on fruits of MacArthur palm

on 1st June 2010

The image on the left shows an Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis strigata) about to swallow a fruit of the MacArthur palm (Ptychosperma macarthurii). An earlier post also shows an Asian Glossy Starling swallowing the fruit of the Alexandra palm (Archontophoenix alexandrae) whole, to subsequently regurgitate the seed.

The fruits of both palms are more or less of the same size but the seed is larger in Alexandra palm and very much slimmer in MacArthur – see HERE. This means that there is more pulp in the fruit of the latter.

Input and the above photograph was taken by Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS on 24th April 2010 in the Malaysian city of Ipoh, Perak.

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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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