Lena Chow’s video clip shows a female Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum cruentatum) taking bits of the fruit of Singapore Rhododendron (Melastoma malabathricum).
The plant is commonly seen all over Singapore, spread by frugivorous birds that eat the ripe fruits containing numerous tiny seeds embedded in a mass of dark purple pulp.
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