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Mindanao Racquet-tailed Parrot

 (Prioniturus waterstradti)

Also known as: Mindanao Montane Racquet-tail

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It takes two to three moults before the "racquets" or spatules appear on the tail of each individual in this group of parrots.

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Related publications: Prioniturus waterstradti

Species Profile

Genus: Prioniturus | Species: waterstradti

Size:

30cm (11.7 in)

Weight:

120-160g (4.2-5.6 oz)

Races including nominate:

two: P.w. waterstradti, P.w. malindangensis

Colourization Adult:

P.w. waterstradti: Both adults-pale blue forehead to lores and beneath eyes; upperparts washed with brown; low back green/brown; belly olive/green; middle tail feathers green, “racquets” black, side tail feathers green tipped with black.  Bill blue/grey. Eye dark brown.             
P.w. malindangensis: Both adults-blue on forehead and beneath eye paler; less brown on back.

Colourization Juvenile:

Undescribed

Call:

Loud and shrill; when startled gives harsh kak kak ak ak ak notes.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
xeno-canto Blue-winged Racquet-tailed Parrot, Allen, Desmond XC79229
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition

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Did You Know?

It takes two to three moults before the "racquets" or spatules appear on the tail of each individual in this group of parrots.

Academic Research

Related publications: Prioniturus waterstradti

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not found in captivity.

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

Not available

Diet:

Not available

Enrichment:

Not available

Nest Box Size:

Not available

Clutch Size:

Not available

Incubation Time:

Not available

Fledging Age:

Not available

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Did You Know?

It takes two to three moults before the "racquets" or spatules appear on the tail of each individual in this group of parrots.

Academic Research

Related publications: Prioniturus waterstradti

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Estimated at 5000.

IUCN Red List Status:

Near-threatened

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Deforestation and possibly trapping for wild bird trade.

Range:

P.w. waterstradti: Found at Mounts Apo, Matutum, and Mayo, southern Mindanao.
P.w. malindangensis: Found at Mounts Kitanglad and Malindang, and mountains of Misamis Oriental, west-central Mindanao.

Habitat:

Found in humid mountain forest between 850-2000m (2788-6560 ft).

Wild Diet:

Not recorded

Ecology and Behaviour:

Little known but assumed to be similar to that of other Racquet-tailed species; occurs in flocks of up to 10 individuals, birds mostly spotted in flight above forest canopy, noisy in flight.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not available

Breeding Season:

Not available

Related Links:

Oriental Bird Club Images

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Did You Know?

It takes two to three moults before the "racquets" or spatules appear on the tail of each individual in this group of parrots.

Academic Research

Related publications: Prioniturus waterstradti

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