Lena Chow encountered a flock of Red-breasted Parakeets (Psittacula alexandri) feasting on the fruits of a tamarind tree (Tamarindus indica) at Singapore’s Changi Village recently. This is a new food record for the Red-breasted Parakeet.
The tamarind fruits are oblong pods irregularly constricted between the seeds. The seeds, up to 10 per pod, are brown, hard and covered with a layer of brownish pulp. The pulp is used as a souring agent in cooking.