Common Flameback feeding on rambutan: Addendum

on 25th July 2014

The posting of the Common Flameback (Dinopium javanense) feeding on the ripe fruit of the rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) on 22nd July received queries on whether the bird was actually eating the fruit or picking up ants that usually are found on the surface of the fruit LINK.

Since then, Johnny Wee has managed to send in more images just taken from his garden…

These show the Common Flameback pecking into the skin of the rambutan and picking up a small glob of white flesh. These images should show that the bird actually fed on the fruit and not the ants that often are found on the surface of the fruit.

Johnny Wee (images) & YC Wee (text)
July 2014

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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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5 Responses

  1. Johnny Dear,

    Ah…. these lovely, clear pictures more like it….certainly would not raise any doubts of what woodpecker was doing.
    So fortunate you had another opportunity to return to get that evidence. Good for you.



  2. Dear Daisy and Dr Amar,
    Thanks for your compliments. A shot this noisy woodpecker from my bedroom window.
    Dr Amar are you still active in the UK Bird Forum?

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