Ranging only in the Philippines, the Guaiabero is a plump parrot with a short tail. It’s about 6.5 inches in length and found in Luzon, Mindanao, Samar and Leyte islands. The Kennedey Guide describes its flight as “very fast bullet like.”
I’ve seen it munching guavas (see video link below) in Tarlac, hence I suspect its name was originally derived from “guayaba” which is Spanish for guava. “Guaiabero” perhaps meant guava-eater. The Philippines was of course under Spanish rule for over three centuries.
This individual was nibbling at buds of a macopa tree in Mt. Makiling way back in 2006.
Guaiabero (Bolbopsittacus lunulatus, Philippine endemic)
Habitat – Forest and forest edge, usually below 1000 m.
|Shooting Info – Mt. Makiling, Laguna, Philippines, May 10, 2006, Canon 20D + EF 500 f4 L IS + Canon 1.4x TC II, f/5.6, ISO 800, 1/80 sec, 475B/3421 support.|
Short video of a Guaiabero eating guavas.