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Javan Myna swallows Macarthur Palm fruits

on 7th June 2017

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My neighbour’s MacArthur Palms (Ptychosperma macarthurii) fruited around January 2017. Two Javan Mynas were caught on video picking up three ripe fruits and swallowing them within half to one and a half minutes before flying off.

The fruit pulp would be scraped off in the gizzard and the seed regurgitated a little later. This helps seed dispersal. It is interesting to note that three fruits are enough for the bird at any one time. It may return to the palm once the seeds have been regurgitated and the pulp digested.

An earlier post show the Javan Myna, Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) and Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) swallowing the fruits – see HERE.

YC Wee
Singapore
28th January 2017

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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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