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Blue-headed Racquet-tailed Parrot

 (Prioniturus platenae)

Also known as: Blue-headed Racquet-tail, Palawan Racquet-tail

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Blue-headed Racquet-tailed Parrot
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Did You Know?

Little is known of the habits and life of most of the Racquet-tail parrot group.

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Related publications: Prioniturus platenae

Species Profile

Genus: Prioniturus | Species: platenae

Size:

28cm (10.9 in)

Weight:

Not recorded.

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults: olive/green body, belly more yellow; head blue, less so in female; centre tail feathers green, “racquets” black tinged with green, outside tail feathers blue/green tipped with black. Bill blue/grey. Eye brown.

Colour Juvenile:

Not recorded.

Call:

Squeaky sounds and harsh, rasping notes similar to that of other Prioniturus spp.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Blue-headed Racquet-tail
Internet Bird Collection
BirdLife International
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
xeno-canto Blue-headed Racquet-tailed Parrot, Lambert, Frank XC269408
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1989.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.

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Blue-headed Racquet-tailed Parrot
© Rackk67 | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Little is known of the habits and life of most of the Racquet-tail parrot group.

Academic Research

Related publications: Prioniturus platenae

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not found in captivity.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Not recorded.

Diet:

Not recorded.

Enrichment:

Not recorded.

Nest Box Size:

Not recorded.

Clutch Size:

Possibly 1-2

Incubation Time:

Not recorded.

Fledging Age:

Not recorded.

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Blue-headed Racquet-tailed Parrot
© Rackk67 | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Little is known of the habits and life of most of the Racquet-tail parrot group.

Academic Research

Related publications: Prioniturus platenae

Species Wild Status

World Population:

2500-10,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Severe forest destruction and fragmentation, as well as some trapping for bird trade.

Range:

Found in the western Philippine Islands.

Habitat:

Found in lowland forest and secondary growth, mangroves and reminant trees in cultivated areas.

Wild Diet:

Not known, however some evidence of fruits and nuts from one specimen.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Little known. Seen singly, in pairs or in small groups; noisy and conspicuous in flight; quiet while feeding. Behaviour thought to be similar to other Racquet-tails.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Possibly 1-2, rounded eggs, 31.5 x 26mm (1.2 x 1.0 in)

Breeding Season:

Possibly April.

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Blue-headed Racquet-tailed Parrot
© Rackk67 | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Little is known of the habits and life of most of the Racquet-tail parrot group.

Academic Research

Related publications: Prioniturus platenae

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