Black Giant Squirrel eating Sea Almond fruits

on 27th November 2016

BlackGiantSquirrel-Terminalia fr [Steven Struyck]

Steven Struyck’s images of the Black Giant Squirrel (Ratufa bicolor) show it eating fruits of Sea Almond (Terminalia catappa).

BlackGiantSquirrel-Terminalia fr [Steven Struyck]

This is one of the largest squirrels in the world. Its body can be as long as 370mm long, not including the tail that can be as long as 460mm. The back is black or dark brown while the underparts are orange. It is diurnal, often found in the forest canopy. It feeds mainly on fruits, nuts and young leaves.

BlackGiantSquirrel-Terminalia fr [Steven Struyck]

This is an Asiatic species that extends down to Peninsular Malaysia, but not in Singapore. According to Steven, it is “a daily view here in Penang.”

BlackGiantSquirrel-Terminalia fr [Steven Struyck]

Steven Struyck
Penang, Malaysia
11th November 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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