“There are birds that are used to high living. You usually only see them near the tops of trees. But it would appear that on bread-and-butter issues they can really get down to earth.
“My neighbour has a Chiku (also known as Sapodilla, Manikara zapota) whose branches overhang my garden.
“On my own side of the fence is a Noni (Morinda citrifolia).
“Both these trees attract birds, which usually stay up where the fruits are.
“But on gut issues, even high-living birds are prepared to be practical, and will get down to the ground where food is concerned.
“A female Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) picking at a fallen Noni fruit.
“A male Pink-necked Green-pigeon (Treron vernans) eating a Chiku that had rolled into my back porch.”
Lee Chiu San
30th July 2018
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