A Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) chanced upon a durian fruit under the tree (Durio zibethinus). It waited a while for a group of photographers to move away but they did not. The lure of the ripe fruit was too strong and the macaque moved in regardless of the people around. It pried open the segments to expose the fleshy seeds and was soon covered with ants (above).
It hurriedly feasted on the fleshy bits around before grabbing a fleshy seed and scampering up a tree to eat it in peace. But there was no peace as it tried desperately to get rid of the ants from its body (above, video below).
Most animals, including the wild boar (Sus scrofa), have to wait until the durian fruits fall and in the process split open before they can get at the fleshy seeds. The squirrel is an exception as it usually gnaws an opening through the tough spiny outer layer to get at the seeds. Only then will birds like the Laced Woodpecker (Picus vittatus), Greater Green Leafbird (Chloropsis Sonnerati), Orange Bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma) and White-crested Laughingthrush (Garrulax leucolophus) have a chance at the seeds. And even the Long-tailed Macaque.
The fruit of the wild durian (Coelostegia borneensis) on the other hand will split open while still on the tree. This allows birds like the Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) to get at the seeds in the safety of the branches above…
8th September 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.