Video of Red-breasted Parakeet eating seeds of African tulip

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Francis Yap videoed a Red-breasted Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri) eating the seeds of the African tulip (Spathodea campanulata). The fruits are long, flattened and erect pods that split to release the many flat seeds attached to a central partition. Each seed is surrounded by a broad white, transparent wing. The parakeet grabbed the seeds with its foot and stuffed them into its mouth. In doing so many of the flattened seeds get dispersed in the wind.

An earlier post shows a photograph of the Red-breasted Parakeet eating these seeds LINK.

Francis Yap
Singapore
August 2011

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