Member Login

Username

Password

Auto-login for future visits

Join WPT

Join Now

Membership Benefits:

Close Button

Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot

 (Loriculus galgulus)

Also known as: Malay Hanging Parrot, Malay Loriquet, Blue-topped Hanging Parrot, Sapphire-crowned Hanging Parrot

Click photo to visit gallery

Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot
© Robert | http://www.pbase.com/robert/exotic_birds

Did You Know?

Like other Hanging Parrots, this species roosts upside down and may also take a bath in the rain in the same position.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus galgulus

Species Profile

Genus: Loriculus | Species: galgulus

Size:

12cm (4.7 in)

Weight:

28g (1 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Male-in general green plumage; dark blue patch on crown; orange/yellow wash on mantle; red rump and upper tail coverts; band across lower back yellow; red throat patch. Bill black. Eye dark brown. Female-minimal blue on crown and orange/yellow on mantle; red throat patch absent; yellow band on lower back absent.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adult female but with grey forehead washed with blue; blue on crown and orange/yellow on mantle absent; green rump with feathers margined red. Bill yellow/brown.

Call:

Calls made in flight shrill and squeaky. Group calls rapidly repeated or ringing. While feeding notes are occasionally shrill and with two syllables.

Listen Now

Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Tailfeathers Network
Lexicon of Parrots
Wikipedia
AvianWeb

Content Sources:

Tailfeathers Network
Lexicon of Parrots
CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
ML Media Collection Catalogue 36272, Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot Loriculus galgulus, van den Berg, Arnoud, Pahang, Malaysia, Apr. 12 1985, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 issue
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
UNEP-WCMC CITES Trade Database, January 2005.

Click photo to visit gallery

Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot
© Robert | http://www.pbase.com/robert/exotic_birds

Did You Know?

Like other Hanging Parrots, this species roosts upside down and may also take a bath in the rain in the same position.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus galgulus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Uncommon

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Planted walk-in aviary, minimum length 1.5m (5 ft); outdoors if in warm climate, with small attached shelter.

Diet:

Fruits such as: apple, pear, pomegranate, guavas where available, the large fruits halved and not chopped; berries such as: blackberries, redcurrants; small seeds such as: canary, millet; soaked oats; spray millet; sponge cake and nectar; insectivorous food; clean mealworms, maggots and ant pupae; complete pellet if taken.

Enrichment:

House with other individuals, provide daily bathing bowls. Provide unsprayed flowering branches, and willow and elder branches to strip.

Nest Box Size:

Nest log 15cm x 40cm (6 x 15.6 in).

Clutch Size:

3-4

Incubation Time:

20 days

Fledging Age:

5 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Click photo to visit gallery

Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot
© Robert | http://www.pbase.com/robert/exotic_birds

Did You Know?

Like other Hanging Parrots, this species roosts upside down and may also take a bath in the rain in the same position.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus galgulus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Thought to be above 100,000.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Heavily traded in international wild bird market: since 1981, 75,239 individuals have been recorded.

Range:

Found on the Malay Peninsula and Singapore, to Sumatra and surrounding islands; also on Borneo and surrounding islands. Introduced near Jakarta.

Habitat:

Found up to 1300m (4264 ft). Occurs around forest edge, forest, riverine growth areas, mangrove, secondary growth, lightly wooded areas, bamboo clumps, orchards, rural areas and coconut groves.

Wild Diet:

Eats flowers, buds, fruits, nuts and seeds.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Birds travel the canopy and middle storey. They are seen singly, in pairs or, outside the breeding season, in parties of 150 or more individuals. Roosting is done upside down, hence the name "hanging parrot".

Clutch and Egg Size:

3-4 rounded-oval eggs, 18.0 x 15.5mm (0.7 x 0.6 in)

Breeding Season:

January-August

Related Links:

Research: Behaviour of the Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot with comparative notes on the Vernal Hanging Parrot

Click photo to visit gallery

Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot
© Robert | http://www.pbase.com/robert/exotic_birds

Did You Know?

Like other Hanging Parrots, this species roosts upside down and may also take a bath in the rain in the same position.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus galgulus

Members Only Resources

Please log-in now to find more research, resources and tools.

Not a Member?

Find more great information:

Gain exclusive access to 600+ pages of additional research, seminars and podcasts, specialists to ask your toughest questions, and dozens of other fun resources - when you become a WPT member.

Already a Member?

Encyclopedia

Search by:
Common Name


Geographic Location


Type of Parrot


Taxonomic Name


Sign Up to Stay Informed




Become A WPT Member Check out the Latest Podcasts Parrot Lover's Cruise