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Pink-necked Green Pigeon eating sea apple leaf

on 1st December 2011

In response to an earlier post on birds eating leaves (folivory) LINK, Sun Chong Hong sent an image of a Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans) in a sea apple tree (Syzygium grande) with a piece of young leaf in its bill. This is a strong suggestion that the pigeon was eating the leaf.

“The image was captured in the cool morning of 18th November when I saw three of these pigeons flew into the tree from my apartment [in Singapore]. It was quite difficult to observe them because of the distance of about 30m and the leaves that got in the line of sight. In fact I didn’t notice the details until I reviewed it from the PC monitor,” wrote Chong Hong.

Check out our earlier post of a parakeet eating leaves of a mangrove tree LINK.

Sun Chong Hong
Penang, Malaysia
December 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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