Lee Chiu San submitted a list of birds that are attracted to the fruits of the Australian mulberry (Pipturus argenteus), a non-native plant, whose fruits are widely consumed by animals in its home country.
“This is a small tree (about 5 meters high) and somewhat sparse. The branches are brittle and break easily. It seems to spread readily as quite a number of seedlings have sprouted in the vicinity. The birds that I have seen in this tree so far are:,” noted Chiu San.
Yellow-vented Bulbul(Pycnonotus goiavier)
Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis)
Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis)
Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea)
Javan mynah (Acridotheres javanicus)
Common mynah (Acridotheres tristis)
Red-breasted Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri)
Added to this is the Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) LINK.
We are currently compiling lists of birds that are attracted to the various plants growing in Singapore. Contributions are more than welcome.
The image of the fruits of Pipturus argenteus is courtesy of KF Yap LINK.
Lee Chiu San