Rose-ringed Parakeet eating mango

on 13th February 2016

Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri) is an introduced species In the 1980s it was common, no so now.

Karen Goh’s observation of the Rose-ringed Parakeet eating the fruit of Mango (Mangifera indica) is an important food record. In the Handbook of the Birds of the World (Collar, 1997), no information is given under Food and Feeding. Neither is there any mention in Juniper & Parr (2003).

This post is a cooperative effort between Birds, Insects N Creatures Of Asia and BESG to bring the study of birds and their behavior through photography and videography to a wider audience.

Karen Goh
31st January 2016

1. Collar, N. J. 1997. Family Columbidae Psittacidae (parrots). In: del Hoyo, J., A. 2. Elliott & J. Sargatal (eds.), Handbook of the birds of the world. Vol. 4. Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Lynx Editions, Barcelona. Pp. 280-477.
Juniper, T. & M. Parr, 2003. Parrots: A guide to the parrots of the world. London, Christopher Helm. 584 pp.

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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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3 Responses

  1. Psittacula krameri is popular in aviculture because it is easy to feed. Captive birds will survive on most of the standard packaged parrot diets, though they do better when given ample servings of fresh fruit and vegetables. They are easy to breed, and aviculturists have now developed a number of domestic colour varieties, including yellow, white and blue.
    This species is more suitable for aviary display rather than as a personal pet. Adults do not form strong pair bonds between the sexes, and unlike other parrot species, also do not bond closely with human beings. Even birds that are hand-raised from young, and which are not handled frequently, very often revert to wild behavior.

  2. Dear BESG (or Karen Goh),

    I am writing to request permission to use Karen Goh’s photograph of the rose-ringed parakeet eating the mango. We would like to include the picture in an online publication outlining parakeet damage and methods that can be used to non-lethally control bird (rose-ringed parakeet) damage to agriculture. If Karen is open to granting permission, or you have her contact information so that I may ask him permission, please email me at [email protected].

    Please see the following link for examples of the publications:

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