Another species of bird has now been documented feeding on the fruits of the Singapore Rhododendron (Melastome malabathricum) (above). This is the Red-whiskered Bulbuls (Pycnonotus jocosus) (see video below).
This bulbul is a generalist and an opportunist as far as food is concerned but local information is sparse (Wells, 2007). Neither Wells (2007) nor Fishpool & Tobias (2005) reports Singapore Rhododendron as a food plant of the Red-whiskered Bulbul.
Ever since this bulbul moved into the neighbourhood some months ago, this is the second food record uncovered for this species (above), the first being nectar of Golden Penda (Xanthostemon chrysanthus) posted earlier.
1. Fishpool, L. D. C. & J. A. Tobias, 2005. Family Pycnonotidae (bulbuls). In: del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott & D. A. Christie (eds.), Handbook of the birds of the world. Vol. 10. Cucuoo-shrikes to Thrushes. Lynx Editions, Barcelona. Pp. 124-251.
2. Wells, D.R., 2007. The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsular. Vol. II, Passerines. Christopher Helm, London. 800 pp.