Asian Glossy Starling eating Ceram Palm fruits

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It was about 1800 hours in the evening and the Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) were gathering in preparation for their night roost elsewhere LINK.

As usual the two Ceram Palms (Rhopaloblaste ceramica) in my garden were the main gathering points. In this instance one of the palms with a bunch of ripe fruits attracted a number of juvenile Asian Glossy Starlings.

Birds like Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopacea) LINK, Pied Imperial-pigeons (Ducula bicolour) LINK and Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos) LINK that have a wide gape swallow the fruits whole, to eventually regurgitate the seeds.

With Asian Glossy Starlings, they peck at the fruit to take bits and pieces of the soft ripe flesh.

YC Wee
Singapore
June 2015

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