Javan Myna swallows Macarthur Palm fruits

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My neighbour’s MacArthur Palms (Ptychosperma macarthurii) fruited around January 2017. Two Javan Mynas were caught on video picking up three ripe fruits and swallowing them within half to one and a half minutes before flying off.

The fruit pulp would be scraped off in the gizzard and the seed regurgitated a little later. This helps seed dispersal. It is interesting to note that three fruits are enough for the bird at any one time. It may return to the palm once the seeds have been regurgitated and the pulp digested.

An earlier post show the Javan Myna, Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) and Yellow-vented Bulbuls (Pycnonotus goiavier) swallowing the fruits – see HERE.

YC Wee
Singapore
28th January 2017

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