Asian Glossy Starlings feeding on Lipstick Palm fruits

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Fronting my house is a clump of majestic old Lipstick Palms (Cyrtostachys renda), also known as Sealing-wax Palm and Pinang Rajah. This is a popular ornamental palm among the Chinese because of the bright red palm sheaths. And red is supposed to represent happiness, success and good fortune.

Asian Glossy Starling
Asian Glossy Starling

Generally, palms attract birds, see HERE. So far, only five bird species have been recorded eating Lipstick Palm fruits and starling is among them LINK, although this is a very common bird and birdwatchers and photographers (but not videographer) are generally not interested in studying the behavior of such common species.

Anyway, in this documentation on the Asian Glossy Starling, at 0.21 minute of the video, a Pink-necked Green-pigeon (Treron vernans) is seen leaving the bunch of fruits as the starlings are flying in. This makes the number of bird species eating this fruit to six.

YC Wee
Singapore
27th September 2017

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