Today (16 May 2010), I spotted two Coppersmith Barbets (Megalaima haemacephala) on the trees outside my house, a juvenile and an adult. The adult barbet was busy collecting fruits (figs) from the Beringin tree, while the juvenile was on the Tecoma tree enjoying the morning sun. Coppersmith Barbet is the smallest barbet in South-east Asia.
Adult Coppersmith Barbet, collecting the Beringin figs:
Juvenile barbet with some red mark below the throat, roosting on the Tecoma tree:
From my observation, the Beringin tree has attracted more species of birds as compared to Tecoma tree, the birds visit the tree mainly for the fruits, the orange color figs. Figs are the food source for most of the garden birds, the frugivores and ominivores. The Tecoma tree attracts only the nectarivores, the sunbirds and flowerpeckers. In fact, the Tecoma tree only blossom for a week or two, and once or twice in a year, whereas the Beringin tree started fruiting since April.
Thus, shall we have more Tecoma trees planted in Penang? just because of its blossom resembles the Sakura blossom (click on this LINK to read about Penang's very own Sakura), or shall we have more fig trees or fruit trees to attract more wild birds to Penang?, a Beringin, a Banyan, a Bohd tree, or the Indian Cherry.
So, what do you think? do we need to plant more Tecoma or Fig Trees? Please comment.