Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot

on 17th April 2012

“The Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot (Loriculus beryllinus) is another endemic specie of Sri Lanka, found mainly in the southern half of the country. Apparently when at rest it also hangs upside down like bats do? Favorite food of the bird is the berries of the Osbeckia octandra which can be found in abundance at Peak Wilderness Sanctuary of Sri Lanka.

“This bird in the picture has not cleaned its’ beak after feasting on the berries of the plant. Osbeckia octandra is a member of the Melastomatacae plant family.”

KC Tsang
25th March 2012

Note: According to Collars (1997), the Sri Lanka Hanging-parrot, also called Ceylon Hanging-parrot, feeds on the nectar of Erythrina, Salmalia and introduced Eucalyptus as well as the seeds of Casuarina, fruits of Syzygium and flowers as well as fruits of cultivated bananas.

Collar, N. J. 1997. Family Columbidae Psittacidae (parrots). In: del Hoyo, J., A. Elliott & J. Sargatal (eds.), Handbook of the birds of the world. Vol. 4. Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Lynx Editions, Barcelona. Pp. 280-477.

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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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