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Oriental Pied Hornbill and Murraya koenigii fruits

on 12th December 2016

OPH-Murraya fr [JWee]

Johnny Wee’s images of the Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) feeding on the ripe fruits of the Curry-leaf Tree (Murraya koenigii) is a new feeding record for BESG – see HERE.

OPH-Murraya fr [JWee]

The diet of this hornbill is mainly fruits, especially those of Ficus spp. LINK.

OPH-Murraya fr [JWee]

The fruiting branch of this tree consists of many oblong to round red berries, each with 1-2 large seeds. The tree is commonly called curry-leaf or curry bush as the leaves are used to provide a pleasant fragrance to Indian curries. Leaves are also used in many Peranakan recipes.

Johnny Wee
Singapore
27th November 2016

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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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