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Red-whiskered Bulbul and Harpullia ramiflora fruits

on 16th January 2017

BulbulRW-Harpullia ramiflora [JackieOng] 1

Jackie Ong’s images of the Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus) eating fruits of the Harpullia ramniflora were photographed at Singapore’s Satay by the Bay.

BulbulRW-Harpullia ramiflora [JackieOng] 2

The plant, commonly known as Cape York Tulipwood or Claudie Tulipwood, is a reasonably fast growing tree. It belongs to the family of plants known as Sapindaceae that gives us rambutan, longan, mata kuching and lychee.

BulbulRW-Harpullia ramiflora [JackieOng] 3

The flowers and fruits are borne in dense clusters along the branches. The flowers are white and fragrant but not as conspicuous as the fruits. The latter are orange-red, splitting to expose the black seeds encased in golden-yellow arils (=extra seed covering that is coloured and hairy or fleshy, like in the durian). The above image shows the bulbul with a seed covered by a golden-yellow aril.

Jackie Ong
Singapore
8th January 2017

Reference:
Barwick, Margaret (2004). Tropical and subtropical trees. A worldwide encyclopaedic guide. London: Thames & Hudson. 484pp.

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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