Feeding ecology and diet

Palmchats are fruit eaters. They prefer a variety of berries, including those from palm trees. Undoubtedly they help

Palmchat (Dulus dominicus). (Illustration by Jacqueline Mahannah)

disperse the seeds of royal palms, gumbo-limbo trees, and many other fruiting tree species. Their diet includes flower buds and blossoms, especially orchid tree blooms, but the birds are not considered harmful to plants or trees.

Palmchats feed by searching through trees in twos or threes. Insects provide an alternate source of dietary protein, and at times the birds hunt insects by pursuing them in flight.

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