Giant Mahang: a new food source for Baya Weavers and other birds that also feed on these fruits

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I saw two Baya Weavers (Ploceus philippinus infortunatus) feeding on the fruits of a Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea) that was located at the fringe of primary forest. The fruits of the Giant Mahang attracts many birds and mammals. This is the first time I have seen Baya Weavers feeding on its fruits. The Giant Mahang is a towering tree when fully grown at 15-20 meters with a spreading crown.

Baya Weaver feeding on Giant Mahang fruits

Grey-breasted Spiderhunter feeding on Giant Mahang fruits

Birds that I have personally observed feeding on the Giant Mahang fruits include:

1. Emerald Dove (Chalcophaps indica)
2. Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot (Loriculus galgulus)
3. Crimson-winged Woodpecker (Picus puniceus observandus)
4. Banded Woodpecker (Picus miniaceus malaccense)
5. Sooty Barbetm (Caloramphus hayii)
6. Red-throated Barbet (Megalaima mystacophanos mystacophanos)
7. Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon laeta)
8. Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus malayanus)
9. Buff-vented Bulbul (Iole charlottae)
10. Cream-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus simplex simplex)
11. Olive-winged Bulbul (Pycnonotus plumosus plumosus)
12. Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus brunneus)
13. Spectacled Bulbul (Pycnonotus erythropthalmus)
14. Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier gourdini)
15. Scaly-Breasted Bulbul (Pycnonotus squamatus)
16. Asian Fairy Bluebird (Irena puella malayensis)
17. Greater Green Leafbird (Chloropsis sonnerati zosterops)
18. Blue-winged Leafbird (Chloropsis cochinchinensis moluccensis)
19. Green Iora (Aegithina viridissima)
20. Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus divaricatus)
21. Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis musicus)
22. Orange-headed Thrush (Zoothera citrina)
23. Asian Glossy Starling (Aplonis panayensis strigata)
24. Lesser Cuckooshrike (Lalage fimbriata)
25. Mugimaki Flycatcher (Ficedula mugimaki)
26. Yellow-rumped Flycatcher (Ficedula zanthopygia)
27. Asian Brown Flycatcher (Muscicapa dauurica)
28. Green-backed Flycatcher (Narcissus Flycatcher, Ficedula narcissina elisae)
29. Verditer Flycatcher (Eumyias thalassinus thalassoides)
30. Hume’s White-eye (Zosterops auriventer)
31. Grey-breasted Spiderhunter (Arachnothera modesta)
32. Spectacled Spiderhunter (Arachnothera flavigaster)
33. Yellow-eared Spiderhunter (Arachnothera chrysogenys chrysogenys)
34. Purple-naped Sunbird (Hypogramma hypogrammicum)
35. Ruby-cheeked Sunbird (Anthreptes singalensis interposita)
36. Plain Sunbird (Anthreptes simplex)
37. Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma)
38. Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus percussus)
39. Other unidentified Sunbirds & Flowerpeckers
40. Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus infortunatus)

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
24th August 2021

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: Fringe of primary forest
Equipment: Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone

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