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The Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrot is commonly active on nights with a full moon.
Races including nominate:
|28cm (10.9 in)
||200-225g (7-7.9 oz)
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.
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.
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.
as in platurus
but paler green.
Distinctive from other Racquet-tails; musical, slurred and moderately high-pitched whistling notes; some calls harsh and nasal. Listen now
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Lexicon of Parrots http://www.arndt-verlag.com/projekt/birds_3.cgi?Desc=E100.htm&Pic=100_1.JPG
Internet Bird Collection http://ibc.lynxeds.com/
BirdLife International http://www.birdlife.org/datazone/species/index.html?action=SpcHTMDetails.asp&sid=1440&m=0
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
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998.
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