Parakeets eating starfruit (Averrhoa carambola)

on 6th November 2015

In June 2015 Johnny Wee photographed the Blue-rumped Parrot (Psittinus cyanurus) (above) and the Long-tailed Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda) (below) eating the Starfruit (Averrhoa carambola).

These parrots are messy eaters as they do not eat the flesh but the seeds inside. To get at the seeds they tear away the flesh bit by bit, littering the ground ground below, as seen HERE when the another parrot, the Tanimbar Corella (Cacatua goffini) feeds on it.

This is the first time we have photographic evidence of the Long-tailed Parakeet eating the Starfruit.

Contributed by Johnny Wee

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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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