These Red-fan Parrots skillfully avoid the thorns of this Awarra Palm tree. Can you do that too? I certainly can't.
In the Amazon rainforest Awarra Palm trees grow easily. The fruit is edible and loved by both humans and animals. When fallen on the ground, Red-rumped Agouti's are the first to the scene, but the best ones are still hanging on. And this is where the Red-fan Parrots take their advantage.
As seen in the pictures above, the fruit has this outer layer of edible green/yellow pulp. This whole bunch of awarra's sits right between a lot of thorns. This makes it quite difficult to climb in the tree. But with a small size just like the Red-fan Parrot you can skillfully avoid the thorns and enjoy your free meal.
These Red-fan Parrots are sitting right on top of this bunch of awarra's and take their time to eat. With their small size and camouflage plumage they can eat as much as they like of this Awarra fruit tree and the thorns even give them protection against lurking predators.
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