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Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrot

 (Prioniturus platurus)

Also known as: Golden-mantled Racquet-tail, Gold-mantled Racquet-tail, Gold-backed Racquet-tailed Parrot

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The Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrot is commonly active on nights with a full moon.

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Species Profile

Genus: Prioniturus | Species: platurus

Size:

28cm (10.9 in)

Weight:

200-225g (7-7.9 oz)

Races including nominate:

three: P.p. platurus, P.p. talautensis, P.p. sinerubris

Colourization Adult:

P.p. platurus: Male-back of crown is a pink/red spot, bordered by dull blue/grey patch reaching to nape; orange/yellow stripe across mantle; lower mantle blue/grey and upper wing coverts dull grey.  Pale yellow margins on inner webs of secondary feathers; green centre tail feathers, the “racquets” black washed with blue, side tail feathers green banded with black near the end. Bill dark grey, paler at base. Eye dark brown. Female-crown all green; mantle green, orange/yellow band absent; upper wing coverts green with varying grey wash.
P.p. talautensis: Male-in general paler; less grey mantle and upper wing coverts; more evident pink/red spot on hindcrown with more blue patch. Female-as in platurus, but paler green.
P.p. sinerubris: Male-pink/red spot absent from hindcrown; mantle and upper wing coverts green, lightly washed with grey; bend of wing and lesser wing coverts suffused with purple; smaller in size.

Colourization Juvenile:

P.p. platurus: As in female but no bare tail shafts.
P.p. talautensis: As in platurus but paler green.
P.p. sinerubris: Undescribed.

Call:

Distinctive from other Racquet-tails; musical, slurred and moderately high-pitched whistling notes; some calls harsh and nasal.

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More Information:

AvianWeb

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
Internet Bird Collection
CITES
BirdLife International
ML Media Collection Catalogue 33028, Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrot Prioniturus platurus, van den Berg, Arnoud, Sulawesi Tengah, Indonesia, Aug. 20 1984, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Wild Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrots
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Did You Know?

The Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrot is commonly active on nights with a full moon.

Academic Research

Related publications: Prioniturus platurus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure, minimum length 3m (9.8 ft).

Diet:

Fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, cactus fruits, pomegranate; forming about 30% of the diet; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green peas and beans; fresh corn, green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; spray millet; small seed mix such as: millet, canary and smaller amounts of safflower, buckwheat and a little hemp; soaked or sprouted sunflower seed; cooked beans and pulses, limited cubes of cheese, complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Fresh bird-safe, unsprayed fir, flowering, elder, pine or willow branches and other bird-safe chewables (vegetable tanned leather toys, heat sterilized pine cones).

Nest Box Size:

10" x 10" x 22" (25.4cm x 25.4cm x 55.9cm) vertical box.

Clutch Size:

Probably 3 to 5.

Incubation Time:

Not available

Fledging Age:

Not available

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Wild Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrots
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Did You Know?

The Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrot is commonly active on nights with a full moon.

Academic Research

Related publications: Prioniturus platurus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

10,000-20,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Evidence of small decline in population; talautensis less secure, platurus and sinerubris more secure.

Range:

P.p. platurus: Sulawesi, including Siau, Lembeh, Dodepo, Muna and Butung Islands and Togian and Banggai Islands.
P.p. talautensis: Karakelong and Salebabu, Taulaud Islands.
P.p. sinerubris: Taliabu and Mangole, Sula Islands.

Habitat:

Found in humid forest edge, woodlands, orchards and moss forest from the lowlands up to 2000m (6560 ft).

Wild Diet:

Includes fruit (mangoes), seeds and blossoms.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Found in small, noisy groups of up to 20; heard before seen; occasionally forms large flocks of several hundred birds. Shy while feeding and easily overlooked. Travels widely in search of fruiting trees.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Probably 3 to 5.

Breeding Season:

Possibly October

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Wild Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrots
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Did You Know?

The Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrot is commonly active on nights with a full moon.

Academic Research

Related publications: Prioniturus platurus

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