ASIAN KOEL FEEDING ON MACARTHUR PALM FRUITS

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“On the morning of 16 April 2011, I was admiring an unusual swarm of jellyfish bobbing along the Telok Kurau canal that had come in with the high tide (left). Then at the corner of my eye, I noticed a female Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea) flying straight towards a nearby MacArthur Palm (Ptychosperma macarthurii) and perch upon the stalks of ripe fruits (below left). Without hesitation, it proceeded to pick the bright red fruits one by one and ingested them in quick succession (below right). However, it did not stay around for long and flew off after merely a minute or so. Nevertheless, this brief encounter allowed me to appreciate how its beautiful red eyes matched so well with the round and red palm fruits.”

Dr Leong Tzi Ming
Singapore
17th April 2011

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