Black-naped Oriole takes Leea indica fruits

on 25th May 2016

OrioleBN-Leea indica fr [JackieOng]

The images by Jackie Ong show a Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis) picking on the ripe fruits of the Common Tree-vine (Leea indica). The species belong to the family Vitaceae, of which the grape sbelong.

OrioleBN-Leea indica fr [JackieOng]

This plant is a large shrub to small tree, usually around 10 metres tall. The berries turn purple, then black on ripening.

OrioleBN-Leea indica fr [JackieOng]

This is most probably a new food record for the Black-naped Oriole.

Jackie Ong
7th May 2016

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

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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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