Red-whiskered Bulbul taking nectar from the Golden Penda flowers

on 30th November 2014

The Golden Penda (Xanthostemon chrysanthus), an exotic tree introduced from Australia, is commonly planted along roads in Singapore. It flowers profusely during certain months of the year, covering the crown with thick bunches of yellow blossoms that last a few days (above).

So far we have reported Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) as seen in this LINK and Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot (Loriculus galgulus), Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus), Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier) and Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus) in this LINK visiting for its flower nectar.

The copious nectar is found at the cup-shaped depression at the base of the flower (above: view from above and LS).

Now we have documented another species that come to feed on its nectar – the Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus pattani) (above).

YC Wee
November 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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