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Guaiabero

 (Bolbopsittacus lunulatus)
 
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Wild Guaiabero
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The Guaiabero's common name is derived from its reputation for eating guavas.

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Species Profile

Genus: Bolbopsittacus | Species: lunulatus

Size:

15cm (5.8 in)

Weight:

65-70g

Races including nominate:

four: B.l. lunulatus, B.l. intermedius, B.l. callainipictus, B.l. mindanensis

Colour Adult:

B.l. lunulatus: Male-in general plumage yellow/green; pale blue face and throat; pale blue collar surrounding hindneck; green/yellow rump and upper tail coverts. Bill silver/grey tipped with black. Eye dark brown. Female-blue throat and lower cheeks; yellow collar surrounding hindneck, the feathers lightly scalloped with black; yellow/green rump, with lightly black scalloped feathers.
B.l. intermedius: Male-dark blue face tinted with purple; bright blue collar. Female-blue confined to throat; cheeks pale green; paler green around eyes; faint orange/yellow collar.
B.l. callainipictus: Male-as in intermedius, but in general plumage more yellow, especially on underparts; face and nuchal collar more dark and green/blue; cheeks less blue. Female-as in intermedius, but in general plumage more yellow; rump and nuchal collar more yellow and brighter.
B.l. mindanensis: Male-green cheeks parting blue around eyes from blue of throat; darker and brighter blue collar than in lunulatus; yellow tint to green head. Female-as in lunulatus, but head green tinted yellow.

Colour Juvenile:

B.l. lunulatus: As in adult female, but bill pale grey with yellow at base of lower mandible.
B.l. intermedius: As in adult female.
B.l. callainipictus: As in adult female.
B.l. mindanensis: As in adult female.

Call:

Calls made in flight are high-pitched and abrupt. Emits softer sounds while feeding.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

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Wild Guaiabero
© Luis V. Limchiu | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Guaiabero's common name is derived from its reputation for eating guavas.

Academic Research

Related publications: Bolbopsittacus lunulatus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Almost unknown in captivity.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Flight enclosure 1 x 1.5 x 1.2m (3.3 x 5 x 4 ft) during acclimatization period, later in flight 3 x 1 x 2m (9.8 x 3.3 x 6.5 ft).

Diet:

Fruits such as: guava, mango, peaches, pears and apples; vegetables such as: carrots, zucchini, sweet bell peppers; cooked beans and pulses combined with a complete pellet; small amounts of sprouted seed such as: sunflower, millet, buckwheat, canary seed; lory mix comprised of: fruit, pollen, brewer's yeast, rice flakes, multigrain flakes, dextrose; regular vitamin and mineral supplements.

Enrichment:

Moderate chewer, so provide fresh non-toxic, unsprayed flowering, fir, pine or willow branches, wooden block toys and vegetable tanned leather toys.

Nest Box Size:

Not recorded.

Clutch Size:

3-4

Incubation Time:

22 days

Fledging Age:

90-110 days

Hatch Weight:

8.0g

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

65 - 70g

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Wild Guaiabero
© Luis V. Limchiu | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Guaiabero's common name is derived from its reputation for eating guavas.

Academic Research

Related publications: Bolbopsittacus lunulatus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

No threats at present.

Range:

B.l. lunulatus: Restricted to Luzon, N Philippines.
B.l. intermedius: Leyte and Panaon, C Philippines.
B.l. callainipictus: Samar, C Philippines.
B.l. mindanensis: Restricted to Mindanao, S Philippines.

Habitat:

Found up to 600m (1968 ft) in open woodland, forest, forest edge, secondary growth, savanna, farmland, orchards and mangroves.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on fruit, particularly guavas, and berries.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Seen singly, in pairs or small flocks of up to 20 birds. Inconspicuous while foraging and resting in canopy; easily seen while flying.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3-4 eggs (captive)

Breeding Season:

Probably March

Related Links:

Wikipedia
AvianWeb

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Wild Guaiabero
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Did You Know?

The Guaiabero's common name is derived from its reputation for eating guavas.

Academic Research

Related publications: Bolbopsittacus lunulatus

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