Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot and guava

posted in: Feeding-plants, Parrots | 3

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.

3 Responses

  1. BESG

    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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