Blue-crowned hanging parrot (juvenile) feeding on nectar of Tabebuia rosea pink

on 3rd April 2022

A lone, juvenile blue-crowned hanging parrot, Loriculus galgulus, was seen biting into the base of many Tabebuia rosea (rosy trumpet tree or pink poui, family Bignoniaceae) flower buds. The photographer believes that the parrot is taking bites out of the flower ovaries. As the photographs were taken from ~ 10 m away and no access to the tree was available, Wong Kais could not look for evidence of eaten flower buds on the ground. There have been records of the birds taking figs, flowers of Erythrina and Durio zibethinus (durian) and fleshy parts of oil palm fruits. They also feed on seeds and nectar. Read this post that lists the foods taken by various birds, including the blue-crowned hanging parrot.

The photos are all © to Wong Kais. 21 July 2017. The photo gallery below shows the parrot getting around the branches taking bites out of various flower buds of the Tabebuia tree. The other photos of the flowers and winged seeds were taken at other times.

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Photo 6. The red rump of the bird is visible.
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Photo 8. The bird hangs upside down to reach a flower bud.
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Photo 10. Tubular Tabebuia rosea flower. 5 Jan 2022
Photo 11. Tabebuia rosea flower. Lower portion of fused petals and calyx. 5 Jan 2022
Photo 12. Ventral view of veins in petals of Tabebuia rosea. 5 Jan 2022
Photo 13. Ventro-lateral view of Tabebuia rosea flower. 5 Jan 2022
Photo 14. A fruit pod has split open, exposing the many white coloured winged seeds still attached to the septum of the fruit pod. 27 Dec 2017


Read the following posts:  post 1, post 2 , post 3 , post 4post 5 , post 6, and post 7.


  1. Handbook of the Birds of the World © 1996 Vol. 4


Serangoon Gardens.

21 July 2017

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