At about 1000 hours on 16th December 2012, there was a sudden raining of fruits coming from my ceram palm (Rhopaloblaste ceramica) outside my bedroom window. Attracted by the noise of the falling fruits, I was pleasantly surprised to witness a flock of 8-10 white pigeons with black wing feathers and tails pecking on the fruits. These were Pied Imperial-pigeons (Ducula bicolor), rare non-breeding visitors or are they free-flyers from the Jurong Bird Park, as suggested by Wang & Hails (2007)? Within about five minutes the flock flew off.
Wang, L.K. & C. J. Hails, 2007. An annotated checklist of birds of Singapore. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology, Supplement 15: 1-179.
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From 25 Dec we have been observing a flock of 15+ Pied Imperial Pigeons at Clementi Woods. They seem to be dining on some trees that are now fruiting.
Thanks for the news Erik. Any image of the tree/fruits so that we can attempt at an ID?
Bird Ecology Study Group Asian Glossy Starling eating Ceram Palm fruits
[…] like Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea) LINK, Pied Imperial-pigeons (Ducula bicolour) LINK and Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos) LINK that have a wide gape swallow the fruits whole, […]