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.
Bird Ecology Study Group Oriental Honey-buzzard attacking bees’ nest
[…] In the heartland of Singapore’s Tiong Bahru district, Rosemary Tan observed an Oriental Honey-buzzard (Pernis ptilorhyncus) landing on the crown of a Yellow Penda tree (Xanthostemon chrysanthus). This is a popular roadside tree with attractive yellow flowers originating from Australia LINK […]