Pin-tailed Parrotfinch feeding on bamboo seeds

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Pin-tailed Parrotfinch-5a-Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia-25th July 2016 (1)

“I was surprised to find some of the jungle bamboo ‘seeding’ very early in season at one site with a number of species feeding, like the Pin-tailed Parrotfinch (Erythrura prasina prasina).

Pin-tailed Parrotfinch-1a-Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia-25th July 2016 (1)

“The bamboo seeds on the inflorescence were reached with some ‘acrobatics’. I took the opportunity to do some short videos of the feeding behaviour, see:

“The fruit of the bamboo is described as an indehiscent, a one seed caryopsis. It is eaten by some indigenous communities and by others in time of need; considered a delicacy by some.

Pin-tailed Parrotfinch-6a-Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia-25th July 2016 (1)

“If you watch the video the birds appear to be ‘crunching’ on the outer casing to gain access to the inner seed. Once obtained, the outer husk is discarded.”

Pin-tailed Parrotfinch-4a-Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia-25th July 2016 (1)

Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
25thth July 2016

Location: Kledang-Sayong Forest Reserve, Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Habitat: A ‘damaged’ trail along primary jungle

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  1. The Pin-tailed Parrotfinch will eat a significant amount of rice as part of its natural food intake.

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