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Ficus consociata: 1. Orange-bellied Flowerpecker

on 17th July 2012

“Was back at my favourite forest reserve as there are many fruiting trees in June-July dry season. Saw this fruiting ficus, possibly Ficus consociata (a strangling fig with leathery leaves with “brown hair” on under surface). Figs are 1.5 cm in diameter. Lots of birds with at least 4 flowerpeckers.

“A number of Orange-bellied Flowerpeckers came to feed in my 2 hour observation. A mixture of adults and self feeding immatures. Feeding was by tearing the flesh of the fruit.”

Note: Ficus consociata grows as a shrub or a strangler. Young leaves and twigs are covered with dense brown hairs. The opening of the orange ripe fig has a distinct border of pink.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Outer reaches of forest reserve, trail through mixed secondary & primary forest
30th April 2012

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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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