One evening in May 2015, a strange sound caused me to rush outside into my garden. There, clinging around the whitish inflorescence branches of one of my Alexandra palms (Archontophoenix alexandrae) was a Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot (Loriculus galgulus).
The hanging-parrot was plucking and eating the whitish flowers for their nectar.
According to Collar (1997), the food of this hanging-parrot includes flowers of Erythrina and Durian (Durio zibethinus). Wells (1999) similarly includes flowers of Erythrina spp., taken “apparently for nectar but this has not been proven in the field.”
Well, the attached video clip proves beyond a doubt that the Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot does take flowers of the Alexandra Palm for their nectar.
1. 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.
2. Wells, D.R., 1999. The birds of the Thai-Malay Peninsular. Vol. I, Non-passerines. Academic Press, London. 648 pp.