New species observed feeding on Giant Mahang fruit

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I saw two new bird species feeding on the fruit of a Giant Mahang (Macaranga gigantea) that was located on a trail in primary forest. The fruit of the Giant Mahang attracts many birds and mammals. The Giant Mahang is a towering tree when fully grown at 15-20 metres with a spreading crown.

Checker-throated Woodpecker

I observed a pair of Checker-throated Woodpecker (Yellownaped) Chrysophlegma (mentale) humii feeding extensively on Giant Mahang fruit. In the past I have observed 2 other woodpeckers, the Crimson-winged and Banded Woodpecker, feeding on this fruit.

I also saw a number of White-bellied Erpornis (Erpornis zantholeuca) enjoying the fruit.

Many other birds were present including Purple-naped Sunbird/Spiderhunters, Grey-breasted Spiderhunters, Hume’s White-eye and many Bulbul species.

 White-bellied Erpornis

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


Amar-Singh HSS (Dato’ Dr) – Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

20th January 2022

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