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Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot eats flowers of Golden Shower

on 22nd April 2016

Chung Wah Weckherlin’s image of the Blue-crowned Hanging-parrot (Loriculus galgulus) shows the parrot eating the flowers of the Golden Shower (Cassia fistula) for its nectar.

HangingParrotBlCr-GoldenShower fl [Chung Wah Weckherlin]

This hanging-parrot has also been recorded eating the flowers of Alexandra palms (Archontophoenix alexandrae).

Other birds eating flower include Blue-naped Parrot (Tanygnathus lucionensis), Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus), Yellow-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus goiavier), Javan Myna (Acridotheres javanicus), Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia) and many others.

Also known as Indian Laburnum and Kanikonna, this tree is the state flower of Kerala. It is a popular ornamental plant and is apparently also used in herbal medicine. Since ancient times the pulp of the fruit is uses for constipation, the bark and wood for dysentery and the young leaves and roots as a laxative.

Chung Wah Weckherlin
10th April 2016

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.

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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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