Alexandrine Parakeet eating rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum)

15 Sep 2013   in Feeding-plants, Parrots 6 Comments »
Contributed by Johnny Wee

Johnny Wee‘s image of a Alexandrine Parakeet (Psittacula eupatria) eating an unripe rambutan fruit (Nephelium lappaceum) suggests that it prefers the seed rather than the flesh. The image was taken at Seletar in Singapore. It must have been an escapee (see comments).

An earlier post on a Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) LINK failed to show whether it prefers the flesh or the seed. In the case of the Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot (Loriculus galgulus) LINK it is obvious that it is eating the flesh.

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    6 Responses to "Alexandrine Parakeet eating rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum)"

    1. The picture shows an Alexandrine parakeet (Psittacula eupatria). I did not know those occurred in Singapore.

      • BESG says:

        Yes, I am afraid you are right. Will check where was it photographed.

        • BESG says:

          The parakeet was photographed at Seletar, Singapore. Thanks for pointing out the mistake Roelant. The post has been amended. It must have been an escapee, as stated by Chiu San, below.

    2. Lee Chiu San says:

      Alexandrines are not native to Singapore, but they are common in the bird trade. Since Psittacula parakeets in general do not have a strong pair bond, are not affectionate and do not make good pets, it would not be surprising if disappointed owners released their unwanted birds.

    3. Subaraj says:

      This Alexandrine Parakeet has been hanging around Seletar Camp for a few years now and is often encountered with the Red-breasted Parakeets found there. Escapes of this species have been found locally from time to time.

    4. Ok! She might hybridise with the other Psittacula species. Would like to hear if that actually occurs.


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