Tanimbar Corella and Pong Pong (Cerbera odollam)

on 27th August 2013

“I always thought that the Pong Pong (Cerbera odollam) fruit was inedible and indeed even toxic, until I saw this yesterday. [Actually it is the seed that is poisonous.]

“Tanimbar Corella (Cacatua goffini) purposefully making its way up the tree after plucking the fruit (above).

“After finding a comfortable perch, it busied itself on the fibrous fruit for the next few minutes (above).

“Too bad I had to leave before I could observe it finishing up the fruit. All quite a revelation for me.”

An earlier post can be seen HERE.

Lena Chow
5th August 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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