Asian Glossy Starling eating Ceram Palm fruits

on 17th June 2015

It was about 1800 hours in the evening and the Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) were gathering in preparation for their night roost elsewhere LINK.

As usual the two Ceram Palms (Rhopaloblaste ceramica) in my garden were the main gathering points. In this instance one of the palms with a bunch of ripe fruits attracted a number of juvenile Asian Glossy Starlings.

Birds like Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea) LINK, Pied Imperial-pigeons (Ducula bicolour) LINK and Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos) LINK that have a wide gape swallow the fruits whole, to eventually regurgitate the seeds.

With Asian Glossy Starlings, they peck at the fruit to take bits and pieces of the soft ripe flesh.

YC Wee
June 2015

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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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