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Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrot

 (Prioniturus platurus)

Also known as: Golden-mantled Racquet-tail, Gold-mantled Racquet-tail, Gold-backed Racquet-tailed Parrot

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The Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrot is commonly active on nights with a full moon.

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Species Profile

Genus: Prioniturus | Species: platurus

Size:

28cm (10.9 in)

Weight:

200-225g (7-7.9 oz)

Races including nominate:

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.
P.p. talautensis: 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.
P.p. sinerubris: 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.
P.p. talautensis: As in platurus but paler green.
P.p. sinerubris: Undescribed.

Call:

Distinctive from other Racquet-tails; musical, slurred and moderately high-pitched whistling notes; some calls harsh and nasal.

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More Information:

AvianWeb
Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
Internet Bird Collection
BirdLife International
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
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. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Wild Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrots
© Mehd Halaouate

Did You Know?

The Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrot is commonly active on nights with a full moon.

Academic Research

Related publications: Prioniturus platurus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure, minimum length 3m (9.8 ft).

Diet:

Fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, cactus fruits, pomegranate; forming about 30% of the diet; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, green peas and beans; fresh corn, green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; spray millet; small seed mix such as: millet, canary and smaller amounts of safflower, buckwheat and a little hemp; soaked or sprouted sunflower seed; cooked beans and pulses, limited cubes of cheese, complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Fresh bird-safe, unsprayed fir, flowering, elder, pine or willow branches and other bird-safe chewables (vegetable tanned leather toys, heat sterilized pine cones).

Nest Box Size:

10" x 10" x 22" (25.4cm x 25.4cm x 55.9cm) vertical box.

Clutch Size:

Probably 3 to 5.

Incubation Time:

Not available

Fledging Age:

Not available

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Wild Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrots
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Did You Know?

The Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrot is commonly active on nights with a full moon.

Academic Research

Related publications: Prioniturus platurus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

10,000-20,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Evidence of small decline in population; talautensis less secure, platurus and sinerubris more secure.

Range:

P.p. platurus: Sulawesi, including Siau, Lembeh, Dodepo, Muna and Butung Islands and Togian and Banggai Islands.
P.p. talautensis: Karakelong and Salebabu, Taulaud Islands.
P.p. sinerubris: Taliabu and Mangole, Sula Islands.

Habitat:

Found in humid forest edge, woodlands, orchards and moss forest from the lowlands up to 2000m (6560 ft).

Wild Diet:

Includes fruit (mangoes), seeds and blossoms.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Found in small, noisy groups of up to 20; heard before seen; occasionally forms large flocks of several hundred birds. Shy while feeding and easily overlooked. Travels widely in search of fruiting trees.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Probably 3 to 5.

Breeding Season:

Possibly October

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Did You Know?

The Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrot is commonly active on nights with a full moon.

Academic Research

Related publications: Prioniturus platurus

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