Black-naped Oriole taking nectar from Firmiana malayana flowers

on 25th April 2019
Firmiana malayana or Mata Lembu tree.

“Two weekends ago, I came across a tall flowering Bullock’s Eyes tree (Firmiana malayana), or Mata Lembu in Malay, at Telok Blangah Hill with a Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis) nectaring on its tubular flowers for many minutes.

Yellow-naped Oriole taking nectar from the flowers.

“Black-naped Orioles have a varied diet of not only insects and fruits, but they have also been documented to take nectar from the flowers of the Coral Tree and Bottlebrush Tree.

Another of Yellow-naped Oriole taking nectar from the flowers.

“So here’s adding another tree it is attracted to, for the flowers. I attach some images for reference.”

Firmiana malayana flowers.

Lena Chow
16th April 2019

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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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