trees comprise eight species in the genus Bombax, native to the Indian
subcontinent, tropical Southeast Asia, northern Australia and tropical Africa.
The Bombax ceiba is a tall, fast growing deciduous tree that
produces open, red, cup-shaped, nectar rich flowers during January to March.
Flowers last for a day and are visited by a variety of bird species seeking
the abundant nectar and simultaneously pollinating them. Some birds and
mammals also eat the floral parts or whole flowers. Flowering continues for
about a month. Common names for the genus include Red Silk-cotton Tree, Simal,
Indian Kapok and Indian Cottonwood.
In this photo
essay we present a selection of bird species that visit the flowering Bombax
across India. Most of the visitors come for the plentiful nectar, but some use
the tall branches to perch.
looking to add more species as and when images are available. In case you have
an image of a new species on a flowering Silk Cotton anywhere in India, you
can mail me a small image at
firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy
to add it..
Image contributors on this page:
Garima Bhatia: Red-billed Blue Magpie
Amit Ghosh: Rufous Treepie
Subhasis Roy: Great Barbet, Grey Treepie
Ratna Ghosh: Vernal Hanging Parakeet
Rest of the images by Sumit Sen