Brown-throated Sunbird feeding Dillenia suffruticosa seeds

on 4th November 2014

“Spotted a female Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis malacensis) feeding on the fruit of the Simpoh Air (Dillenia suffruticosa).

“Numerous feeding episodes were observed. This is a common shrub of disturbed open forest with large yellow flowers. Ivan Polunin, Plants and Flowers of Malaysia 1988, says ‘The red fruits open before dawn into several segments, exposing the red-fleshed seemingly tasteless seeds which are so attractive to birds that they are usually eaten before we get a chance to see them.’

“These images were taken at 8.30am. I have previously documented Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus) feeding on them in 2008.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
26th September 2014

Location: Ulu Kinta Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Ex-logging trail through mixed secondary and primary forest

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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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