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Orange-fronted Hanging Parrot

 (Loriculus aurantiifrons)

Also known as: Golden-fronted Hanging Parrot, Misool Hanging Parrot, Papuan Hanging Parrot, Bat Lorikeet

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Two Orange-fronted Hanging Parrots. This is the only known photograph of this species. West Papua New Guinea
© Mehd Halaouate | http://www.indonesien.nu/indonesieneng/index.shtml

Did You Know?

The Orange-fronted Hanging Parrot has been spotted in the wild running its bill along casuarina needles and twigs, apparently searching for lerp (sugar-filled) insects.

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Related publications: Loriculus aurantiifrons

Species Profile

Genus: Loriculus | Species: aurantiifrons

Size:

10cm (4 in)

Weight:

13-16g (0.4-0.5 oz)

Races including nominate:

three: L.a. aurantiifrons, L.a. batavorum, L.a. meeki

Colourization Adult:

L.a. aurantiifrons: Male-mainly green in colour; golden/yellow forehead and forecrown; patch on throat red; red rump and upper tail coverts; yellow on sides of rump; green tail tipped with yellow/green. Bill black. Eye yellow/white. Female-blue/green forehead and forecrown; blue wash on cheeks; red patch on throat smaller. Eye brown.
L.a. batavorum: Both adults as in aurantiifrons, but male has less yellow on forehead and forecrown.
L.a. meeki: Both adults as in batavorum, but slightly larger in size; in female, bases of forecrown feathers paler yellow/brown.

Colourization Juvenile:

L.a. aurantiifrons: As in adult female, but red patch on throat absent. Bill pale brown.

Call:

Calls are described as shrill and rapidly repeated, sometimes lengthened into song; also buzzing notes while perched.

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots

Content Sources:

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Two Orange-fronted Hanging Parrots. This is the only known photograph of this species. West Papua New Guinea
© Mehd Halaouate | http://www.indonesien.nu/indonesieneng/index.shtml

Did You Know?

The Orange-fronted Hanging Parrot has been spotted in the wild running its bill along casuarina needles and twigs, apparently searching for lerp (sugar-filled) insects.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus aurantiifrons

Species Care

Captive Status:

Extremely rare

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Aviary indoors 2.5 x 1 x 2m (8.2 x 3.3 x 6.5 ft), new birds no less than 25C (77 F).

Diet:

Fruits such as: figs, pear, apple, banana, oranges, cactus fruits; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green beans and peas in the pod; lory nectar made from: lactose-free baby cereal, honey, molasses or malt extract, and filtered water, made fresh once or twice daily, or commercial nectar; fruit tree (unsprayed) branches with blossoms; small quantities of seed mix of: millet, canary seed, some niger and oats (may be sprouted); millet spray (sprouted).

Enrichment:

Provide plenty of bird-safe, unsprayed flowering branches.

Nest Box Size:

Not available

Clutch Size:

4

Incubation Time:

Not available

Fledging Age:

Not available

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Click photo to visit gallery

Two Orange-fronted Hanging Parrots. This is the only known photograph of this species. West Papua New Guinea
© Mehd Halaouate | http://www.indonesien.nu/indonesieneng/index.shtml

Did You Know?

The Orange-fronted Hanging Parrot has been spotted in the wild running its bill along casuarina needles and twigs, apparently searching for lerp (sugar-filled) insects.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus aurantiifrons

Species Wild Status

World Population:

>100,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

None at present.

Range:

L.a. aurantiifrons: Misool, W Papuan Islands, Indonesia.
L.a. batavorum: Waigeu, W Papuan Islands, and NW New Guinea, east on north coast to Sepik River region, N Papua New Guinea, and on south coast to Setekwa River, Irian Jaya.
L.a. meeki: Fergusson, Goodenough, and Karkar Islands, Papua New Guinea, and E New Guinea, on north coast west to Sepik River region, and in southern lowlands west to Fly River region, and possibly into nearby Irian Jaya.

Habitat:

Found up to 1200m (3936 ft), rarely 1600m (5248 ft) in lowland rainforest, along forest edge, in palm plantations, secondary growth, casuarinas, pines, gardens and partly cleared areas.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on buds, fruits, flowers and sugary lerps.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Not easily seen as it forages in various levels of the canopy. Courtship behaviour may include perching on exposed branches and singing to attract attention. Usually found in groups of 2-4.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Up to 4 eggs.

Breeding Season:

July-October

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Two Orange-fronted Hanging Parrots. This is the only known photograph of this species. West Papua New Guinea
© Mehd Halaouate | http://www.indonesien.nu/indonesieneng/index.shtml

Did You Know?

The Orange-fronted Hanging Parrot has been spotted in the wild running its bill along casuarina needles and twigs, apparently searching for lerp (sugar-filled) insects.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus aurantiifrons

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