Asian Glossy Starlings eating Alexandra Palm fruits

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It was around 1900 hours when the mostly juvenile Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) were gathering around my Ceram Palms (Rhopaloblaste ceramica) before they fly off to roost in some large roadside trees nearby. The noise from their combined calls was loud and this would go on from about 20 minutes or so. At the same time the starlings were also gathering in the shorter trees along the road.

At this time one of my Alexandra palms (Archontophoenix alexandrae) was fruiting. The ripe fruits attracted some of the juvenile starlings to make side trips to feed on the fruits.

These starlings usually swallow the fruits whole to regurgitate the seeds a short time later – see HERE and HERE.

YC Wee
Singapore
March 2015

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