Pin-tailed Parrotfinch and bamboos

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“Much of the jungle bamboo is ‘seeding’ and many birds are found feeding on them.

“The Pin-tailed Parrotfinch (Erythrura prasina prasina) are uncommon and I saw 4 today feeding on bamboo seeds – 2 males and 2 females (above). They were, as usual, very shy and largely kept to the inside of the huge thicket of bamboo.

“The bamboo seeds on the inflorescence were reached with some ‘acrobatics’, often reaching upside down (above).

“Above shows the central tail feather (T1) for the ‘pin-tail’.

“The bamboo has peak period for seeds around August-September. I suspect the extended (horrible) air pollution from the Sumatran forest fires that engulfed us for weeks may have delayed this event.”

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
28th November 2015

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: A ‘damaged’ trail along primary jungle


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