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Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot  

Also Known As: Malay Hanging Parrot, Malay Loriquet, Blue-topped Hanging Parrot, Sapphire-crowned Hanging Parrot

Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot

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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.

Species Profile


Size: Adult Weight:
12cm (4.7 in) 28g (1 oz)

Races including nominate:

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.

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Content Sources:

Tailfeathers Network

Lexicon of Parrots


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

Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977.

Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.