Scaly-breasted Bulbul feeding on Ficus villosa

on 25th August 2010

“The Scaly-Breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus squamatus webberi) is arguably one of our most beautiful bulbuls. I have always observed it as part of a mixed foraging party at a fruiting ficus in primary jungle. In the past I have usually seen it alone.

“On this occasion saw a pair of adults, assumed breeding pair, who moved around together. I have seldom heard it call and on this occasion heard it twice only (it was choice of documenting feeding or waiting for a call, tough choice). It was a sharp “wit”.

“The pair foraged closely together, seldom more than 1-2 meters apart. They did not use calls to keep in touch. Even when I approached the tree at 4-5 meters distance there were no warning calls uttered.

“It is usually shy but on this occasion allowed me extended views and I saw many feeding episodes. It came to feed on the Ficus villosa fruit (above), but after a short time moved over to an adjacent fruiting tree with small berries where it spent a long time feeding (right).

“Unsure of the name of the tree – it is 3.5-4 meters tall, has small light green berries which turn purple when ripe. Many other bulbuls also like these berries including the Spectacled Bulbul (P. erythropthalmos), the Red-eyed Bulbul (P. brunneus) and the Cream-vented Bulbul (P. simplex simplex).”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
15th June 2010

Red Data Status: Near threatened.

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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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