Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Long Tail Parrots of Borneo

The well-known parrot family is poorly represented in the island of Borneo with only 4 species found. Those found are the Long Tail Parakeet (Psittacula longicauda longicauda), the Blue-rumped Parrot (Psittitus cyanurus), the Blue-crown Hanging Parrot (Loriculus galgulus), and the Blue-naped Parrot (Tanygnathus lucionensis). In comparison to the other parrot family species such as the Cockatoos, Lori's parrot or the Fig-parrots which are found mainly further east in the New Guinea and Australian region, most of the parrots in Borneo are predominantly green in colour and lack the outstanding bright and rainbow like colours of the other species. Nevertherless these species has to be appreciated in order to conserved it as they are endangered mainly because of its demand as a bird pet.

This Long Tail Parakeet photo was taken in the village of Sukau, Lower Kinabatangan feeding on a ripe flower bud of the Simpoh laki (Dillenia excelsa).

All photos taken with a Nikon D300 + 70 - 300mm VR, ISO 400 at f 5.6.


yen said...

great find.

Rose Ragai said...

Hey Mark,
Stumble upon your blog from Yen's blog. Anyway, i love parakeet very much and i did my observation on them in 2007. But your findings is really interesting. I didn't know that they feed on those fruits. Congrats for the finding.

I did add your blog in my blog lists. Hope you drop by sometime. Have a good day!


sebi_2569 said...

nice blog and nice photo; bravo

[MarK LouiS BenedicT] said...

Thanks Yen, Rose and Sebi for your comments.. :P

ps: Beautiful blog you have there Rose and is that a Tarsier you are holding?

Rose Ragai said...

Mark--Thanks for dropping by and leave comments in my blog. Yes, it's Western Tarsier. Sometime in 2006 while we are doing small mammals trapping. My 1st time saw it in the wild and have a chance to 'bravely' holding it without knowing that it will bite me. Lucky that it didn't bite me though.

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