Olive-winged Bulbul and Dillenia suffruticosa

on 7th March 2013

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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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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