Juvenile Black-naped Oriole eating figs

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Mark G sent in an image of a juvenile Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis) feasting on the figs of Ficus benjamina or Benjamin fig, also known as waringin. Unfortunately it has not been reported how the oriole handles the figs: whether … Continued

Baya Weaver, acacia and pennisetum grass

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Seow Boon Eu of Penang, Malaysia was observing Baya Weavers (Ploceus philippinus) constructing their elaborate nests attached to the acacia tree (Acacia auriculiformis) (below left). Acacia trees originate from tropical Australia and New Guinea, introduced as roadside trees. These trees … Continued

Cream-vented Bulbul eating salam fruits

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Lim Poh Bee recorded a Cream-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus simplex) eating fruits of Syzygium polyanthum or buah salam (above). This is a commonly planted tree along our roads, an excellent bird tree. When in fruits, you can find hordes of noisy … Continued

White-headed Munia and Panicum maximum

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Howard Banwell sent in images of the White-headed Munia (Lonchura maja) taken at Singapore’s Pulau Semakau. The munias are eating the seeds of what looks like Guinea grass, Panicum maximum. This is a rather large grass that reaches more than … Continued

Flowerpeckers and Clidemia hirta

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Calvin Chang a.k.a deswitch was at the Panti forest in nearby Johor state of Malaysia in May 2009. There, he documented an adult male and a juvenile Crimson-breasted Flowerpecker (Prionochilus percussus) as well as a male Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trigonostigma) … Continued