Prevost’s Squirrel is one of the most common forest squirrels throughout Borneo. Although Prevost’s Squirrel often eats bark and insects it is most often seen eating the pulp of ripe fruit including figs. In December 2017 the Prevost’s Squirrel photographed above was a repeat visitor to a fruiting
Ficus scaberrima at the Ulu Ulu Resort in Ulu Temburong, Brunei on the 3rd fruiting day .
The coat colour of Prevost’s Squirrel varies dramatically throughout Borneo with multiple different coat patterns in different areas. The individual above which is also the Ulu Temburong (Brunei) race is building a drey ( squirrel nest). Photo taken from the Belalong Canopy Walkway by Arlene Walshe.
The Sabah race of Prevost’s Squirrel Calioscirus prevosti pluto photographed at Tabin for comparison
The fruit crop on this Ficus scaberrima only lasted four days before it was consumed by a horde of bulbuls, flowerpeckers and squirrels. Typically the birds and squirrels start feeding before dawn on the figs that have ripened over night.
The feeding frenzy attracted many birds including the resident pair of Malaysian Blue Flycatchers that live in the grounds of the Ulu Ulu Resort. This is the female with a pale throat.
The male Malaysian Blue Flycatcher (with a blue throat) was also a repeat visitor. However these flycatchers did not feed on the figs but on the insects disturbed by the bulbuls and squirrels. This male is feeding on a hairy moth caterpillar.
Ficus scaberrima fruiting at the Ulu Ulu Resort 01
Ficus scaberrima fruiting at the Ulu Ulu Resort 03
The Ulu Ulu Resort at Temburong in Brunei is surrounded by virgin forest rich in figs.