Black-naped Oriole Oriolus chinensis maculates feeding on Madras Thorn fruit

on 29th November 2011

“I had previously posted on this, see: LINK

“Another fruiting Madras thorn tree (Pithecellobium dulce) near my home with Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis maculates) feeding. They are harder to approach for images so stayed in the car as a hide to get these. The last image posted is from a video grab.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
2nd October 2011

Note: The fruits are green pods that are tightly coiled and constricted between seeds. When ripening, they develop a rose-red tinge, then split somewhat to expose the white edible pulp that the oriole in the image is pecking. The shining black seeds inside the pulp may eventually emerge to hang out on short, rose-red strings.

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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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