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Gold-whiskered Barbet – food sources

on 5th November 2021

New food source for the Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon laeta). A tree I see occasionally in ‘broken’ (partly logged) forest that reaches about 6-7 meter in height and is sprawled out. It has small yellow flowers with small green fruit that turn purple or brown when ripe. Many other bulbuls were also feeding on the tree (Red-eyed, Stripe-throated, etc).

A new food source for the Gold-whiskered Barbet (Megalaima chrysopogon laeta) is Microcos tomentosa, commonly known as Cenderai, family Malvaceae. The ripe fruits are also edible to humans.

I occasionally enconuter this tree in ‘broken’ (partly logged) forest that reaches about 6-7 meters in height and is sprawled out. It has small yellow flowers with small green fruit that turn purple or brown when ripe. Many bulbuls were also feeding on the tree (Red-eyed, Stripe-throated, etc.).

Postscript:

The tree has been identified as Microcos tomentosa, commonly known as Cenderai, family Malvaceae (see below). The ripe fruits are also edible to humans.

Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr)

Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

 

Location: Ulu Kinta Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Habitat: Previously logged forest with secondary growth and some residual primary forest

Date: 28th February 2019

Equipment: Nikon D500 SLR with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD, handheld with Rode VideoMic Pro Plus Shotgun Microphone

 

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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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