Oriental Pied Hornbills feast on mulberry fruits

on 17th July 2023

Lisa has not been able to harvest the mulberry fruits (Morus alba) that grow on the shrub outside the house at Lorong M Telok Kurau, Singapore. A pair of Oriental Pied Hornbills (Anthracoceros albirostris) visit often and strip the tree of its fruits.

View the video below:

Upper surface of mulberry leaf. Attribute LW Teo. 14 June 2023.

Lower surface of mulberry leaf. Attribute LW Teo. 14 June 2023.
A group of mulberry fruits. The three fruits are at different stages of ripening. Each fruit is a fusion of multiple fruits formed from many flowers growing in an inflorescence. This species belongs to the Moraceae family which includes figs and jackfruits. Mulberries are unrelated to blackberries which belongs to the family Rosaceae. Blackberries are aggregate fruits formed from the fusion of separate ovaries which grow in the same flower. Attribute LW Teo. 14 June 2023.

Read the following posts which document the Oriental Pied Hornbills’ culinary adventures:

Post 1, Post 2, Post 3, Post 4, Post 5

Video submitted by Lisa & Kau Poh Moi

Pictures and texts by Teo Lee Wei. Serangoon Gardens.

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