Seed dispersal studies first emerged in the 1970s and came to the forefront with the publication of pivotal theories by Daniel Janzen and Joseph Connell. In the next 10 years, studies surged, and to discuss the findings from these studies, the First International Symposium on Frugivores and Seed dispersal took place in Mexico in 1985. This year marks the 7th edition of the Frugivores and Seed Dispersal Symposium, held between March 2nd – 6th, 2020, within the Corbett Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand, India.

As part of the symposium, we curated a digital exhibition on frugivory and seed dispersal. We put out a call for images in the month of January, and were thoroughly overwhelmed by your response. Finally, 120 images of birds, rodents and primates feeding on fruits and seed dispersal, in general, were exhibited at the symposium.

Here, we are sharing 20 of our favourite images, as a thank you to all of you who contributed your valuable work. Scroll down to see some of the world's prettiest frugivores in action.



Ranjan Bankhele

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Narcondam Hornbill (Rhyticeros narcondami) feeding on Ficus rumphii in Narcondam Island

Vignesh Thangaraj

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Great Hornbill (Buceros bicornis) with a Myristica dactyloides fruit in Valparai, Tamil Nadu

Debashis Banerjee

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Rufous-necked Hornbill (Aceros nipalensis) in Latpanchar, West Bengal

Abir Jain

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Regurgitated seeds of Dysoxylum gotadhora, Dysoxylum procerum, Polyalthia simiarum, Aglaia spectabilis, Chisocheton sp. and Horsfieldia kingii in Assam

Amit Chavan

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Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus) feeding on Ficus sp. in Dandeli, Karnataka

Ramshesha N

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Western Hoolock Gibbon (Hoolock hoolock) in Hoollongapar Gibbon Sanctuary, Assam

Senkathirvanan K

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Nicobar Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis umbrosa) feeding on Jackfruit (Artocarpus heterophyllus) in Great Nicobar Island, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Suhas Anand

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Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) feeding on Ficus sp. in Uganda

Subhankar Dey

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Malayan Giant Squirrel (Ratufa bicolor) in Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary, West Bengal

Jagandeep Singh Malhotra

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Indian Giant Flying Squirrel (Petaurista philippensis) in Nagarahole National Park, Karnataka

Daksha Bapat

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Spotted Deer (Axis axis) in Kanha National Park

Sudhir Joshi

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Indian Palm Squirrel (Funambulus palmarum) feeding on African Tulip Tree (Spathodea campanulata) in Hulimavu Lake, Bengaluru

Aaditya Deodhar

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Plum-headed Parakeet (Psittacula cyanocephala) feeding on Ficus sp., Dandeli, Karnataka

Hira Punjabi

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Mountain Imperial Pigeon (Ducula badia) feeding on Caryota sp. in Goa

Nirav Mehta

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Coppersmith Barbet (Psilopogon haemacephalus) with Ficus sp. in Rajkot, Gujarat

Ramesh Karmakar

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A pair of Malabar Parakeets (Psittacula columboides) in Shimoga, Karnataka

Ishita Das

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Palm Tanager (Thraupis palmarum) feeding on wild tobacco (Nicotiana rustica) in Trinidad

Neelu Pilania

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Golden-browed Chlorophonia (Chlorophonia callophrys) in Talamanca range cloud forest, Costa Rica

Facundo Palacio

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Red-rumped Cacique (Cacicus haemorrhous) in Puerto Iguazú, Misiones, Argentina