Plant-Bird Relationship: 10. Anacardiaceae, Annonaceae and Apocynaceae

on 7th November 2012

The earlier series: 1. Need for a Catalogue LINK; 2. Moraceae LINK; 3. Euphorbiaceae LINK, 4. Poaceae LINK, 5. Fabaceae LINK, 6. Palmae LINK, 7. Loranthaceae LINK, 8. Meliaceae LINK and 9. Myrtaceae LINK.

The plant family Anacardiaceae is made up of trees with a caustic resin that turns black on exposure to the air. Their leaves are alternately arranged, rarely in opposites. Annonaceae comprises of climbers, shrubs and trees with alternate leaves. Members of the Apocynaceae are similarly climbers, shrubs and trees except that their leaves are in opposites of in whorls. The plants oozes a white latex when damaged.

In the following list the different species of birds that visit the plant are listed below each plant species. Details are as follows:
1. Common name of bird.
2. Whether for food, to forage for insects, to roost, to collect nesting material or to nest.
3. Author of the post.
4. Date of posting
5. Habitat if in Singapore (BTNR = Bukit Timah Nature Reserve), otherwise country.
6. Link to the actual post on the website.

[l-r: Mangifera indica fruits, Annona muricata fruit and Cerbera odollam branch with fruits.]

Gluta malayana> (rengas)
Tanimbar Corellas: nesting_AngieNg_260107_Changi – LINK
Oriental Pied Hornbill: nesting_AngieNg_260107_Changi – LINK

Mangifera indica (mango)
Spotted Dove: nesting_JeremyLee_240208_urban-garden – LINK
Blue-crowned Hanging-parrots: fruit_SandhuChin_160510_urban-garden – LINK
Black-shouldered Kites: nesting-AmarSingh_250112_Ipoh-Malaysia – LINK
Black-naped Oriole: fruit-CheongWenChun_140210_Malaysia – LINK
Black-naped Oriole: fruit_AmarSingh_090811_Ipoh-Malaysia – LINK

Annona muricata (soursop)
Oriental Pied Hornbills: fruit_TanTeoSeng_110309_Johor-Malaysia – LINK

Polyalthia sp.
Hornbill: fruit_Hornbill-Research-Foundation_Jan-08_Thailand – LINK

Allamanda cathartica
Yellow-vented Bulbul: nesting_LenaChow_050808_urban-garden – LINK

Alstonia sp.
Barn Swallow: roost_WuEuHeng-YCWee_Nov.05_roadside – LINK

Cerbera odollam (pong pong)
Tanimbar Corella: fruit_JWee-ChanYokeMeng-YCWee_100906_roadside – LINK
Tanimbar Corella: fruit_LimPohBee_141109_roadside – LINK

Tabernaemontana corymbosa (great rosebay)
Yellow-vented Bulbul: fruit_JosephLai_290708_park – LINK

Thevetia neriifolia> (Yellow Oleander)
Goffins/Tanimbar Cockatoos: fruit_MargieHall_241108_park – LINK
Asian Koel: fruit_SSreedharan_221011_India – LINK

Wrightia religiosa (wild water plum)
Scarlet-backed Flowerpecker: seed-dispersal_AngieNg_270106_urban-garden – LINK
Pink-necked Green Pigeon: nesting_YCWee_061105_urban-garden – LINK
Sunbird: nectar_RiaTan_140311_urban-garden – LINK

YC Wee
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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