Leucistic Javan Myna feeding on Xanthostemon chrysanthus flowers

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Xanthostemon chrysanthus or Yellow Penda, an introduction from Australia, is a popular roadside tree in Singapore. The tree flowers sporadically together, its yellow blossoms attracting a wide range of birds that feed on its flower nectar LINK.

During its current flowering season (October-November), a lone leucistic Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) was seen regularly visiting these trees fronting my house to feed on the flower nectar, mostly around 1100 hours.

Leucisn: = absence of dark pigment resulting in a reduction in the intensity of all pigments.This weakens the feather structure.

YC Wee
November 2013

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