Oriental Pied Hornbill and Pink-necked Green-pigeon feeding on figs

The Weeping Fig (Ficus benjamina) tree in the Singapore Botanical Gardens is figging again. As always, you can hear the tree well before you see it. After all, the figs attract plenty of birds that arrive to feed on them.

MeiLin Khoo’s two video clips (above, below) show a juvenile Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) casually picking on a fig. The fig is then swallowed whole and passed on to the gizzard and then the stomach.

A third video clip (below) shows a male Pink-necked Green-pigeons (Treron vernans) having difficulty swallowing the fig whole. He tries hard to take a big bite from the fig, losing a large portion that finds its way to the ground below.

MeiLin Khoo
Singapore
17th August 2018

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