Jackie Ong’s images of a male Red-breasted Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri) munching into the ripe fruits of the Yellow Flame (Peltophorum pterocarpum) tree to get at the seeds is probably a new food record.
According to Wells (1999), there is no information on its food. Collar (1997) however lists this parakeet as eating leaf buds, flowers seeds and grains of some plants but not Yellow Flame.
24th April 2016
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.
Lee Chiu San
This species is popular in aviculture because it is not fussy about food. Our local population is not native, but is descended from escaped and released pets. They are seasonally plentiful in various parts of Singapore. Around my house, they come around when the rambutans and chiku trees are fruiting, and help themselves.
Just curious. Do they eat just the seeds of rambutan and chiku or the flesh?
Lee Chiu San
They eat the flesh of the rambutan and chiku and dump the seeds