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Flores Hanging Parrot

 (Loriculus flosculus)

Also known as: Wallace's Hanging Parrot

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The Flores Hanging Parrot was, until fairly recently, thought to be extinct due to its very small range and population.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus flosculus

Species Profile

Genus: Loriculus | Species: flosculus

Size:

12cm (4.7 in)

Weight:

Not recorded.

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Male-mainly green in colour, orange tint on nape to upper mantle; red rump and upper tail coverts; long, red mark on throat; green tail tipped with pale green; outer tail feathers tipped with orange/red. Bill orange/red. Eye orange. Female-as in male, but long, red mark on throat minimal or absent. Eye brown.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adult female, but bill duller in colour.

Call:

Calls made in flight are sharp and screeching; same notes are made while perched but are softer. Also emits some hoarse, abrupt notes in display.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World
Internet Bird Collection - photo

Content Sources:

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Did You Know?

The Flores Hanging Parrot was, until fairly recently, thought to be extinct due to its very small range and population.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus flosculus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Aviary 2 x 1 x 2m (6.5 x 3.3 x 6.5 ft) or large birdroom cage with tiled surround and well-drained floor.

Diet:

Fruits such as: figs, apple, pear, banana, orange, pomegranate, mango, papaya, cactus fruits; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green beans and peas in the pod; nectar made from: lactose-free baby cereal, honey, malt extract or molasses, mixed with filtered water and made fresh once or twice daily or, commercial lory nectar; various millet seed mixes, canary grass seed, and small amount of niger and oats (may be sprouted); millet spray (may be sprouted); softened rusk, eggfood and mealworm larvae for rearing.

Enrichment:

Enjoys bathing so provide overhead misters or shallow water bowls. Provide regular supply of fresh, unsprayed flowering, willow, or elder branches for the birds to remove the bark.

Nest Box Size:

Not recorded.

Clutch Size:

Not recorded.

Incubation Time:

Not recorded.

Fledging Age:

Not recorded.

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Did You Know?

The Flores Hanging Parrot was, until fairly recently, thought to be extinct due to its very small range and population.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus flosculus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

3500-15,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Endangered

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

This species is threatened by the combined impacts of firewood collection, commercial logging, timber extraction for construction materials and clearance for agriculture.

Range:

Flores and Rinca Islands, Lesser Sundas, Indonesia.

Habitat:

Found from 450-1000m (1312-3280 ft) in primary semi-evergreen forest. On Rinca seen in coastal moist deciduous forest. Apparently requires an abundance of fruiting figs.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on figs, fruits, nectar, buds and flowers.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Outside the breeding season birds gather in flocks of up to 20 individuals. Are easily overlooked in the canopy; noisy and conspicuous in flight.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not recorded.

Breeding Season:

On Rinca nesting seen mid-April.

Related Links:

Article (Birdbase): Flores Hanging Parrot
Article: First records of Wallace's Hanging Parrot from Komodo National Park, Indonesia

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Did You Know?

The Flores Hanging Parrot was, until fairly recently, thought to be extinct due to its very small range and population.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus flosculus

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