Hanging breakfast of the Pygmy
Keora (Sonneratia apetala), a common tree in Sundarban is one of the primary trees in the mangroves. Apart from their medicinal applications, fruits and seeds are largely consumed among locals. Research shows that these seeds are source of antibacterial, anti-diarrhoeal effects in physiological systems.
As might be expected, these fruits are also consumed by animals and plants. Birds especially help in the seed dispersal of these local plants. Here we see a grey-capped pygmy woodpecker hanging by the fruits of Keora. It shows a typical frugifore behavior of the bird as well as let us understand the local vegetation of the mangroves.
The image was taken in July, 2018, in the mangrove forewst of Sundarbans in India.