Jambu Fruit Dove – feeding on fruit

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I observed a pair of Jambu Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus jambu) in March 2022 in Perak, feeding on the fruit of the Vitex pinnata (Malayan Teak, local name “Leban”) – fruits are 5-8 mm in diameter, black when ripe and a popular fruit tree for many bulbul, barbet and flowerpecker species (see 5th image). This is a new food source for the species.

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Both birds appeared immature (self-feeding juveniles).

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The first bird (image 1 and 2) appeared to be an immature male with pink-crimson developing in the face, white underpart and the breast patch just having a hint of pink (currently dark grey). The dark throat appears to have been acquired early.

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The second bird (image 3 and 4) looked to be an immature female with no pink in the face and the upper part of the breast darker with a tinge of green developing.

There were no adults in attendance.

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

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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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