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Philippine Hanging Parrot

 (Loriculus philippensis)

Also known as: Colasisi, Luzon Hanging Parrot

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Male Philippine Hanging Parrot
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Species Profile

Genus: Loriculus | Species: philippensis

Size:

14cm (5.5 in)

Weight:

32-40g (1.1-1.4 oz)

Races including nominate:

ten: L.p. philippensis, L.p. mindorensis, L.p. bournsi, L.p. regulus, L.p. chrysonotus, L.p. worcesteri, L.p. siquijorensis, L.p. apicalis, L.p. dohertyi, L.p. bonapartei

Colourization Adult:

L.p. philippensis: Male-mainly green in colour; red forehead and forecrown, with thin yellow line behind; occiput dusty yellow patch; gold/orange band on nape; throat has red patch which reaches to centre of upper breast; bright red rump and upper tail coverts; sides of rump have pale blue. Bill orange/red. Eye brown.  Female-throat patch absent; blue wash on forecheeks and at base of bill.
L.p. mindorensis: Male-yellow on crown and occiput absent; nape has faint orange band; sides of rump have more extensive blue. Female- light yellow breast.
L.p. bournsi: Male-red forehead; forecrown has small yellow patch. Female-faint orange band across nape; minimal blue on face.
L.p. regulus: Male-wide red frontal band; golden/yellow crown; faint orange band on nape. Female-green crown washed with yellow.
L.p. chrysonotus: Male-gold/yellow hindcrown to upper back; nape has wider orange/red band; larger red throat patch. Female-gold/yellow hindcrown to hindneck; green mantle and upper back with orange/yellow wash.
L.p. worcesteri: Male-crown red, turning to orange on nape; light wash of orange/yellow on mantle; smaller red throat patch. Female-crown red; pale blue cheeks and upper throat.
L.p. siquijorensis: Male-as in philippensis, but with smaller red throat patch; yellow and orange on crown or hindneck absent. Female-as in philippensis, but more extensive blue facial markings, to sides of forehead, cheeks and upper throat.
L.p. apicalis: (includes L. salvadorii) Male-crown red, turning to orange on nape; orange/yellow wash on mantle; paler red rump to upper tail coverts. Female-pale blue lores, cheeks, chin and upper throat; crown and nape as in adult male; faint orange/yellow wash on mantle.
L.p. dohertyi: Both adults as in apicalis, but with strong orange wash on mantle.
L.p. bonapartei: Male-red forecrown, reaching into orange on crown and orange/yellow on hindneck. Bill black. Female-forecrown to hindneck like male; pale blue lores and cheeks. Bill black.

Colourization Juvenile:

L.p. philippensis: As in adult female but red on forehead minimal or absent.

Call:

Calls are described as distinctive and sharp twittering in one, two or three-note series, or longer staccato notes.

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Video 1

More Information:

Lexicon of Parrots

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection 
ML Media Collection Catalogue 38703, Philippine Hanging Parrot Loriculus philippensis, Kennedy, Robert, Biliran, Philippines, Apr. 9 1981, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the Word, Forshaw and Cooper, 1989. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Male Philippine Hanging Parrot
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The Philippine Hanging Parrot has occasionally been found to become intoxicated on fermenting coconut nectar!

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Related publications: Loriculus philippensis

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Outdoor planted enclosure (in warm climates) length 1.5m (5 ft) with shelter, for 1 or 2 pairs. If housed inside, aviary with well drained, concrete floor and tiled surround.

Diet:

Fruits such as apple and pear, cut into halves, not chopped; pomegranate, guavas and cactus fruits; berries such as: blackberries and red currants; small seed mix such as: canary, soaked oats; spray millet; sponge cake and nectar; insectivorous mixture; mealworms, well-cleaned maggots and ant pupae.

Enrichment:

Enjoys chewing so provide plenty of bird-safe, unsprayed flowering, willow, elder or saskatoon branches; provide overhead misters or shallow water bowls for bathing.

Nest Box Size:

Provide ivy for use as nest material, as well as wood shavings. Vertical box 11cm x 11cm x 15cm (4.5 x 4.5 x 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

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Male Philippine Hanging Parrot
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Did You Know?

The Philippine Hanging Parrot has occasionally been found to become intoxicated on fermenting coconut nectar!

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus philippensis

Species Wild Status

World Population:

>20,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Abundance varies according to race. Mindoro race is near-threatened, and both the Cebu and Siquijor races are possibly extinct due to habitat loss. The combined populations of the islands of Mindoro, Sibuyan, Negros, Panay, Tablas, Romblon, Masbate, Ticao, Guimaras and Basilan are thought to be no more than 5,000 individuals. Collection for the pet trade a concern.

Range:

L.p. philippines: N Philippines, except Mindoro.
L.p. mindorensis: Mindoro, N Philippines.
L.p. bournsi: Sibuyan, C Philippines.
L.p. regulus: Romblon to Negros, C Philippines.
L.p. chrysonotus: Cebu, C Philippines. Possibly extinct.
L.p. worcesteri: Samar to Boho, C Philippines.
L.p. siquijorensis: Siquijor, S Philippines. Possibly extinct.
L.p. apicalis (including L. salvadorii): S Philippines.
L.p. doherty: Basilan, S Philippines.
L.p. bonapartei: Sulu Archipelago, S Philippines.

Habitat:

Found up to 1000m (3280 ft), rarely to 2500m (8200 ft) in forest, along forest edge, in secondary growth forest, bamboo, woodland, cultivated patches, orchards and coconut groves.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on blossoms, nectar, fruits, figs and seeds.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Are seen in pairs, family groups and small or mixed flocks with other species. Feeds in flowering trees and are acrobatic while doing so, hanging upside down, all in the upper levels of the canopy.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3-4 rounded eggs, 18.5 x 16.5mm (0.7 x 0.6 in).

Breeding Season:

April-August

Related Links:

Wikipedia

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Male Philippine Hanging Parrot
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Did You Know?

The Philippine Hanging Parrot has occasionally been found to become intoxicated on fermenting coconut nectar!

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus philippensis

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