Black-naped Oriole feeding on neem fruits

on 11th September 2011

“We have had a very hot season for 3 weeks and some of the trees in our garden are flowering well – the Lagerstroemia, the tamarind (Tamarindus indica) and the neem tree (Azadirachta indica) – attracting lots of birds. The garden is full of birds and it almost feels like spring except for the heat.

“The Scarlet-Backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) was busy protecting his territory and I saw a pleasant chase of a rival adult for 10 minutes, round and round the neighbourhood (centered on our home), like large bees.

“This adult Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis maculates) had come for the first fruits of the neem tree for the season (very few fruits just yet). It had found one (above left) and was so busy juggling it in the beak for a better position to feed on when it lost it and had to make a desperate dash to retrieve it (above right).

“Check out my early post on the Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) and other birds feeding on these same fruits LINK.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Canning Garden Home, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
3rd July 2011

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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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