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Taiwan Barwing Actinodura morrisoniana

on 9th February 2019

“These delightful Taiwan Barwing (Actinodura morrisoniana) usually allow a close approach. They are often in flocks of 5-6 birds, foraging together or with other birds; in this case with White-eared Sibias (Heterophasia auricularis). They are omnivorous and are mainly noted to feed on insects, invertebrates, berries and seeds (HBW 2019, Avifauna of Taiwan, 2nd edition).

“On this occasion we saw them feed extensively on nectar (not mentioned in sources). You can see the heavily pollen stained base of beaks in the close-up (above).

“The plant they are feeding on is Prunus campanulata, a species of cherry native to Japan/Taiwan (Taiwan Cherry, Formosan Cherry, Bellflower Cherry), which was in full bloom in winter.

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
15th January 2019

Location: Daxueshan National Forest Recreation Area, Taichung City County, Taiwan
Habitat: 1,750-2,500 meter ASL, forested region

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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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