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Saturday, 15 June 2013

Wattled Honey Eater in Mango Tree versus Kitten in Breadfruit tree

One of the Wattled Honeyeaters  (Foulehaio carunculatus) was doing its usual noisy chattering in the mango tree and Pebble climbed up the Breadfruit tree (Artocarpus altilis)... which luckily did not give any access to where the Wattled Honeyeater was.
After spending several minutes looking around with this puzzled expression Pebble decided to turn the failed bird hunt into a modelling exercise and proceeded to pose for the camera.
 He did not quite manage the Cheshire Cat look because he refused to grin but he did manage the "Forlorn Kitty up a tree look" and the "Kitten Melting on and branch" look.

In the end he came down on his own. After all he is a kitten from the Ninja Cat Clan ... although technically he is probably getting a bit too old and big to be still referred to as a kitten.

Meanwhile the Wattled Honeyeater was happily whistling away almost as if he were teasing Pebble. At least he consented to sit still long enough for me to use the zoom to photograph him although it was not that easy seeing how he blends in with the leaves and branches of the Mango tree as he was quite high up.

Additional Information:

Binomial Name: Phylum: Chordata – Class: Aves – Order: Passerformes – Familt: Meliphagidae – Genus: Foulehaio – Species: F. carunculatus
Common names: Wattled Honeyeater (English) I’ao (Samoan)
Binomial Name: Artocarpus atilis
Common names: Breadfruit (English) Ulu (Samoan), Ulu (Hawaiian), Uto (Fijian), Lemai (Guam and Northern Marianas), Sa Ke( Thailand, Vietnam) Buah Sukun (Malay), Arbre à pain (French- Guadaloupe) bois pain (French-Saint Lucia), Kamansi (Philippines –Tagalog & Kapampangan), Sukrun (Indonesian)

Binomial Name: Mangifera indica

Common names: Mango (English) Mago (Samoan)

  • Order: Rosales – Family: Moraceae – Tribe: Artocarpeae – Genus: Artocarpus – Species: A altilis

  • Order: Sapindales – Family: Anacardiaceae – Genus: Mangifera – Species: M. indica

  • Phylum: Chordata – Class: Aves – Order: Passeriformes – Family: Meliphagidae – Genus: Foulehaio – Species F. carunculatus

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