Poikilospermum suaveolens and birds

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Goh Juanhui was at the Jelutong Tower in Central Catchment Reserve in May 2013 where he was attracted by a flowering epiphytic climber, Poikilospermum suaveolens (Family: Urticaceae). This appears to be the period when this plant is in flowers.

There were many birds attracted to the flowers because of their nectar – bulbuls, Crimson Sunbird (Aethopyga siparaja) (above), Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma), and in particular the Greater Green Leafbird (Chloropsis sonnerati) (below).

This Greater Green Leafbird was observed to guard this plant against other ‘intruders,’ chasing them away.

Goh Juanhui
May 2013

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