Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot Takes Yellow Flame Nectar

on 15th April 2013

“Once again the Yellow Flame tree (Peltophorum pterocarpum), one of five in my condo, is in full bloom. It is almost 30 years old and has grown to a majestic height of 25m. They shed their leaves every four months or so, though the timing is not synchronised.

“Many different species of birds, including small birds such as sunbirds, visit the tree. But I rarely spend time watching them as it involves straining the neck and lower back. With the full bloom, I decided to see if I could catch some actions.

“Soon, I noticed movements among the leaves and flowers. Zooming in with my camera, I saw a bird with green coloured underpart taking the flowers. After a short interval, it left revealing a red-coloured rump.

“On review through the computer monitor, it appeared that the bird was a female Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot (Loriculus galgulus). The movements of the bird suggested it was either taking certain parts of the flowers or taking the nectar. I am more inclined to think it is the latter as not all the flowers touched by the bird dropped.

“The video, edited from clips taken on 18th Mar at about 8.15 am.”

Sun Chong Hong
30th March 2013

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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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