Olive-winged Bulbul and Dillenia suffruticosa

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Johnny Wee’s images of the Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus) swallowing the scarlet seeds of Dillenia suffruticosa or simpoh air were taken at Singapore’s Lower Peirce Reservoir Park.

The simpoh air is a bushy plant found growing in disturbed areas. The large flowers are yellow, developing into rounded fruits. These fruits split open in the early morning, displaying the many scarlet seeds borne on 7-8 rays of pink bordered with white. These seeds are sought after by a wide array of birds that swallow them, to eventually eject the pale brown seeds inside, thus helping to disperse the plant LINK.

Johnny Wee
February 2013

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