Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Pong Pong and the Cockatoo

Was walking towards 74 stop after work when RY spotted a Tanimbar Corella (Cacatua goffini) flying over to a Pong Pong tree (Cerbera odollam). A second one flew by soon after.

To my surprise, they started plucking the unriped, green fruits of the pong pong tree, and munching on it. I knew that they are poisonous, but apparently, according to YC from BESG, only the seed is reportedly poisonous, hence used to kill rats locally.

Heres part of the fruit dropped down by the bird, clearly showing the beak markings.

Look at the link earlier for a previous similar and more detail posting by BESG.

1 comment:

EUNICEEESH(: said...

haha nice series ^^"

the bird is smart afterall. didn't eat the poisonous seed and ditched the fruit. lol

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