Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot and guava

on 16th November 2008

Eric Pooi a.k.a. ericp is sharing his image of a female Blue-crowned Hanging Parrots (Loriculus galgulus) about to eat the ripe guave fruit (Psidium guajava) in his neighbour’s garden.

The parrots were part of a bird wave that suddenly swept through his area at around 6pm one evening. There were also at least 15 juvenile Asian Glossy Starlings (Aplonis panayensis) in the group.

Image by Eric Pooi.

This post is a cooperative effort between and BESG to bring the study of bird behaviour through photography to a wider audience.

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YC Wee

Dr Wee played a significant role as a green advocate in Singapore through his extensive involvement in various organizations and committees: as Secretary and Chairman for the Malayan Nature Society (Singapore Branch), and with the Nature Society (Singapore) as founding President (1978-1995). He has also served in the Nature Reserve Board (1987-1989), Nature Reserves Committee (1990-1996), National Council on the Environment/Singapore Environment Council (1992-1996), Work-Group on Nature Conservation (1992) and Inter-Varsity Council on the Environment (1995-1997). He is Patron of the Singapore Gardening Society and was appointed Honorary Museum Associate of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum (LKCNHM) in 2012. In 2005, Dr Wee started the Bird Ecology Study Group. With more than 6,000 entries, the website has become a valuable resource consulted by students, birdwatchers and researchers locally and internationally. The views and opinions expressed in this article are his own, and do not represent those of LKCNHM, the National University of Singapore or its affiliated institutions.

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3 Responses

  1. Eric Pooi has made the following comment: “…Seems like the hanging parrot is getting common, based on your postings by fellow contributors. Just one comment from Chun See’s posting.

    “The observation made by Chun See on the eating habit seems the same as per what I notice, though I am not sure if it is the seeds that they spit out. Parrots, in general, are messy eaters, they grind their food before they swallow, thus, it is normal that they will drop bits and pieces when they grind, so it may not be intentional spitting of the seeds as observed. To me, it seems like they grind for the sweetness of the juice, not really swallowing the fruit.”

    I would support the view that parrots swallow guava flesh and seeds together, to later pass the seeds out.

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