Birds and the giant mahang Macaranga gigantea

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“Found this mahang tree (I id this as a Macaranga gigantea – based on the fruits and big leaves) in one of the gardens in Cyberjaya, Malaysia around 2-4pm.

“Parked my car next to the tree and waited. One species after another. A flock of Purple-backed Starlings (Sturnus sturninus) (left) started the fruit feast, then they flew away after a flock of mynas came over (below left). Then, the starlings came back again. During the quiet period, a few Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) (below right) and a lone Pied Triller (Lalage nigra) took their turns to taste the fruits (bottom left).

“That’s not over yet – the starling came back again. Next, came the Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus) (below right). A few Olive-backed Sunbirds (Cinnyris jugularis) and Scarlet-backed Flowerpeckers (Dicaeum cruentatum) were in the vicinity and perched on a rubber tree behind. Did not see them joining the ‘banquet’ though. Four Ashy Minivet (Pericrocotus divaricatus) were there too but only perched on the bare branches and flew away.

Cheong Weng Chun
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
9th December 2011

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