Blue-rumped Parrot eating starfruit

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We are familiar with the behaviour of the Blue-rumped Parrot (Psittinus cyanurus) feeding on the fruits of the starfruit (Averrhoa carambola) LINK 1.

The Tanimbar Corella (Cacatua goffini) similarly has the parrot’s messy feeding behaviour LINK.

Such eating behaviour involves tearing off chunks of the fruit that end up on the ground below. These parrots are only interested in the seeds found in the centre of the fruit.

However, Pary Sivaraman’s image of the Blue-rumped Parrot documented at Venus Loop opens a new perspective of such messy eating behaviour. The first bite on the juicy fruit sends a shower of droplets that are usually not witnessed by birdwatchers as well as photographers (top).

Pary Sivaraman
Singapore
22nd April 2018

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

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