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.