Nephelium lappaceum is commonly planted for its succulent fruits in Southeast Asia. The fruit ripens red and has a distinctive cover of coarse hairs that gives it its common name of rambutan, rambut in Malay means hair. It is believed to have originated from the Malayan Archipelago, although the exact location is unknown.
Johnny Wee‘s images show the Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) (above) and the Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) (below) enjoying the fruits.
Bird Ecology Study Group Long-tailed Parakeet eating rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum)
[…] earlier post on a Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) LINK failed to show whether it prefers the flesh or the seed. In the case of the Blue-crowned Hanging […]
Bird Ecology Study Group Birds and rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum) fruits
[…] In addition, he also photographed the Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis) (above male, below female) that also arrived with the Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) in 2012 LINK. […]