Blue-crowned hanging-parrot

Blue-crowned hanging-parrot
Loriculus galgulus

Photo by Lip Kee Yap (Wikipedia)

Common name:
blue-crowned hanging-parrot (en); lorículo-de-coroa-azul (pt); coryllis à tête bleue (fr); lorículo coroniazul (es); blaukrönchen (de)

Order Psittaciformes
Family Psittacidae

This species is found from southern Thailand and Malaysia to northern Indonesia in Borneo, Sumatra and adjacent islands.

These tiny parrots are 12 cm long and weigh 22-35 g.

The blue-crowned hanging parrot is found in moist tropical forests and forest edges, in mangroves, peat swamps and riverine forests, scrublands, plantations and rural gardens. They are present from sea level up to an altitude of 1.300 m.

They feed on various fruits, namely those of figs such as Ficus caulocarpa, F. virens, F. delosyce, and F. pisocarpa.

These birds breed in January-August. They nest in natural cavities in dead or living trees, including palms and rubber trees. The female lays 3-4 eggs which she incubates alone for 20 days. The chicks fledge 5 weeks after hatching.

IUCN status – LC (Least Concern)
This species has a very large breeding range and is reported to be common to very common and widespread throughout all of its range, with the exception of Singapore. Despite being very popular as cage birds, the population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

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