Black-naped Oriole and papaya

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Johnny Wee’s images of the Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis) feeding on a ripe Papaya fruit (Carica papaya) is too eye-catching to ignore. An earlier post by Cheong Wen Chun can be viewed HERE.

This oriole feeds mainly on fruits (Wells, 2007) and papaya, being a common plant, is a favourite fruit of many birds: Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus), Lineated Barbet (Megalaima lineata), Jungle Myna (Acridotheres fuscus), Yellow-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea) and Oriental Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros albirostris) among others.

Johnny Wee
26th November 2019

Wells, D.R., 2007. The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsular. Vol. II, Passerines. Christopher Helm, London. 800 pp.

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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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