Tanimbar Corellas fighting over Passiflora laurifolia fruit

on 16th October 2012

“This is a very belated observation of a flock of Tanimbar Corellas (Cacatua goffini) spotted on 23rd January 2012 along Kent Ridge Road just in front of the KE VII Hall carpark fighting over [an unripe] fruit of Passiflora laurifolia, (not sure about the ID of the Passiflora, but it looks like a laurifolia).

“From what I recall, one individual seemed to be monopolising the fruit for itself and one other bird kept trying to edge closer to steal bites from the fruit or snatch the fruit away. There was one instance (above) of the dominant bird passing some food to the other bird, possibly suggesting that they might be in a parent/child relationship [or a couple?]. The rest of the corella flock was more or less minding their own business making a lot of noise.

“After a while, the dominant corella flew off to another tree alone to finish eating the Passiflora fruit.”

David Tan Jian Xiong
6th October 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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