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Masked Shining Parrot

 (Prosopeia personata)

Also known as: Masked Parrot, Masked Musk Parrot, Yellow-breasted Musk Parrot

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Masked Shining Parrot
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Did You Know?

The Masked Shining Parrot, also called the Musk Parrot, gets its name from the musky scent it is associated with.

Academic Research

Related publications: Prosopeia personata

Species Profile

Genus: Prosopeia | Species: personata

Size:

47cm (18.3 in)

Weight:

322g (11.3 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults black face; yellow down centre of breast, turning to orange on centre of abdomen; outer webs of primary feathers purple/blue; tail green washed with blue. Bill grey/black. Eye orange.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adults but with less extensive black on face. Bill horn coloured and streaked with grey. Eye brown.

Call:

Harsh, grating notes while in flight, usually repeated. High-pitched similar notes rapidly repeated when alarmed. While perched cackling sounds; call notes loud and boisterous.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1989.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.

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Masked Shining Parrot
© Staven | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Masked Shining Parrot, also called the Musk Parrot, gets its name from the musky scent it is associated with.

Academic Research

Related publications: Prosopeia personata

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rarely found in aviculture.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure 5 x 1 x 2m (16.4 x 3.3 6.5 ft).

Diet:

Fruits such as: apple, pear, orange, cactus fruits, pomegranate, etc, forming about 30 percent of the diet; vegetables if taken; lory nectar from fruit pulp; rice and multigrain flakes; dextrose and low-fat yoghurt; sprouted pulses and seed; boiled maize; biscuits softened in nectar; brewer's yeast.

Enrichment:

Supply fresh bird safe woods and branches. Enjoys bathing. Enjoys chewing buds and flowers off branches.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 12" x 12" x 40" (30.5cm x 30.5cm x 101.6cm).

Clutch Size:

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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Masked Shining Parrot
© Staven | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Masked Shining Parrot, also called the Musk Parrot, gets its name from the musky scent it is associated with.

Academic Research

Related publications: Prosopeia personata

Species Wild Status

World Population:

About 88,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Near Threatened

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Fragmentation of forested habitat and deforestation resulting in the loss of large trees needed for breeding.

Range:

Found on Viti Levu, Fiji Islands.

Habitat:

Found up to 1200m (3936 ft) in mature forest and secondary growth areas, occasionally village gardens, farmland and mangroves. Also forest edge and in trees bordering waterways and ponds.

Wild Diet:

Takes fruit (mango, guava, figs and bananas), flowers, insects, seeds and berries; occasionally cultivated grain.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Occurs singly or in pairs, or outside breeding season in flocks up to 40 birds. Fly swiftly through the forest or above the canopy. Are noisy; their calls are one of the alarm calls of the forest that other animals rely on. Are timid to human approach.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 or more rounded or broadly elliptical eggs, 38.0 x 30.0mm (1.5 x 1.2 in).

Breeding Season:

July-September

Related Links:

AvianWeb

Click photo to visit gallery

Masked Shining Parrot
© Staven | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Masked Shining Parrot, also called the Musk Parrot, gets its name from the musky scent it is associated with.

Academic Research

Related publications: Prosopeia personata

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