Dorsal view of a bird perched on a branch.

Dorsal view of a bird perched on a branch.
Species: Tricoloured Parrotfinch   Erythrura tricolor
Author: Philippe Verbelen
Friday, August 21, 2009
Added to IBC: 28 Dec 2011 - 20:25
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Altitude (m): 
426 meters


I found this species to be surprisingly common on Babar. Often feeding in flocks of upto 20 birds !
Published in HBW Volume 15 on page 263.
Original HBW caption:
In adapting from grassland to forest life, the Erythrura parrotfinches have broadened their diets to include the seeds of many kinds of plant, as well as fruit, flowers and insects. The mostly insectivorous Pink-billed Parrotfinch (E. kleinschmidti) has even developed foraging behaviour like that of a nuthatch (Sittidae) or treecreeper (Certhiidae), moving up and down trees and clinging to the vertical trunks while it probes with its bill, or levers off pieces of bark to expose grubs. More typically, the Tricoloured Parrotfinch still includes grass seeds along with the figs and other fruits in its diet, and it feeds on the ground and in low scrub as well as in trees.

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Philippe Verbelen, IBC991526. Accessible at

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Philippe Verbelen, IBC991526. Photo of Tricoloured Parrotfinch Erythrura tricolor at Babar, Indonesia. Accessible at

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