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Moluccan Hanging Parrot

 (Loriculus amabilis)

Also known as: Halmahera Hanging Parrot

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Illustration of Moluccan Hanging Parrots
© John Gerrard Keulemans [Public domain]

Did You Know?

These parrots are known to make diurnal (daily) movements over long distances.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus amabilis

Species Profile

Genus: Loriculus | Species: amabilis

Size:

11cm (4.3 in)

Weight:

Probably 25-38g (0.9-1.3 oz).

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Male-red forehead and forecrown, extending to level of eye; dull orange/yellow back and lower mantle; carpal edge of wing orange/yellow and red; dark red spot on chin and throat; dark red rump and upper tail coverts, the red extending to tip of tail; tail green tipped green/yellow. Bill black. Eye yellow/white.  Female-crown green; red spots on forehead; two to three irregular spots on throat. Eye brown.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adult but with carpal edge and markings on throat yellowish. Eye pale brown.

Call:

Quick, weak, high-pitched; either buzzy or staccato call or series of calls given in flight.

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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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Illustration of Moluccan Hanging Parrots
© John Gerrard Keulemans [Public domain]

Did You Know?

These parrots are known to make diurnal (daily) movements over long distances.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus amabilis

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not well known.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

2.5 x 1.0 x 2.0m (8.2 x 3.3 x 6.5 ft) aviary (planted if possible) or spacious indoor enclosure.

Diet:

Mainly fruit: figs, bananas, apples, pears, etc; commercial or handmade lory formula; small seed mix: millet, canary; millet sprays; if possible provide fruit tree branches (unsprayed); softened rusk, eggfood and mealworms for chick rearing.

Enrichment:

Provide birdsafe branches (fir, pine, elder, willow) for chewing; keep in small flocks.

Nest Box Size:

Provide nest log.

Clutch Size:

Possibly up to 3.

Incubation Time:

Probably 20 days, as in other hanging parrots.

Fledging Age:

5 weeks, as in other hanging parrots.

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

Click photo to visit gallery

Illustration of Moluccan Hanging Parrots
© John Gerrard Keulemans [Public domain]

Did You Know?

These parrots are known to make diurnal (daily) movements over long distances.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus amabilis

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

No threats at present. Appears to be more common in secondary forest; much less so in primary forest.

Range:

Found on Morotai, Halmahera, Kasiruta, and Bacan, North Moluccas, Indonesia.

Habitat:

Prefers primary and secondary forests in the lowlands up to 450m (1476 ft). Also found along forest edge, mangroves and coastal casuarinas, and at the edge of cultivated areas, around villages and sometimes in coconut groves.

Wild Diet:

Forages in tall flowering or fruiting trees.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Seen singly, in pairs or in small groups. Keeps to the upper stages of the forest canopy. Noisy and conspicuous in flight. Feeds quietly amongst foliage.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Probably 3 rounded eggs, 17.0 x 14.5mm (0.7 x 0.5 in).

Breeding Season:

Not recorded.

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Illustration of Moluccan Hanging Parrots
© John Gerrard Keulemans [Public domain]

Did You Know?

These parrots are known to make diurnal (daily) movements over long distances.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus amabilis

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