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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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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