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Moluccan King Parrot

 (Alisterus amboinensis)

Also known as: Amboina King Parrot, Ambon King Parrot, Island King Parrot, Red Parakeet, Salawati King Parrot (A.a. dorsalis)

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Wild Moluccan King Parrot
© Mehd Halaouate

Did You Know?

The Moluccan King Parrot may be partly nocturnal (active at night) because of reports where it has been seen flying out of forest across open cultivation at dusk.

Academic Research

Related publications: Alisterus amboinensis

Species Profile

Genus: Alisterus | Species: amboinensis

Size:

35cm (13.6 in)

Weight:

145-163g (5.1-5.7 oz)

Races including nominate:

six: A.a. amboinensis, A.a. sulaensis, A.a. versicolor, A.a. buruensis, A.a. hypophonius, A.a. dorsalis

Colour Adult:

A.a. amboinensis: Both adults red head and underparts; mantle to upper tail coverts violet/blue; wings soft green; tail black washed with violet/blue, the outside feathers with dull pink edging. Upper mandible orange/red tipped with black, lower mandible black. Eye orange.
A.a. sulaensis: As in amboinensis but green stripe across upper mantle; no pink edging on tail feathers.
A.a. versicolor: Different from sulaensis by having a uniformly blue mantle; smaller in size than amboinensis.
A.a. buruensis: As in sulaensis but more tail feathers edged with pink. Bill grey/black in both sexes.
A.a. hypophonius: As in amboinensis but wings and wing coverts deep blue; pink on tail feathers absent.
A.a. dorsalis: As in amboinensis but pink on tail feathers absent; slightly darker red on head and underparts.

Colour Juvenile:

Mantle green; side tail feathers tipped with soft red. Bill brown/black tipped paler. Eye dark brown.

Call:

Calls are high-pitched and slightly ringing, repeated by male at rate of two notes every three seconds for up to 20 seconds. Also screeching from both male and female.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
ML Media Collection Catalogue 518111, Moluccan King Parrot (Alisterus amboinensis), DeCicco, Lucas, Maluku, Indonesia, January 8 2016, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Article "The Kings," Peter Odekerken, Australian Birdkeeper Magazine, April-May 2005.
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.

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Wild Moluccan King Parrot
© Mehd Halaouate

Did You Know?

The Moluccan King Parrot may be partly nocturnal (active at night) because of reports where it has been seen flying out of forest across open cultivation at dusk.

Academic Research

Related publications: Alisterus amboinensis

Species Care

Captive Status:

Occasionally available

Longevity:

Probably 30-40 yrs.

Housing:

Walk-in enclosure, minimum length 4.5m (14.7 ft).

Diet:

Small seed mix: canary, oats, safflower; spray millet; limited sunflower seed, dry, soaked or sprouted; sprouted pulses such as mung beans and peas; cooked butterbeans and lentils; boiled maize; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion and chickweed; vegetables such as: corn, carrot, celery, zucchini, green beans and peas in the pod; fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, cactus fruits and bananas; nuts such as: hazelnuts, pecans, roasted peanuts; complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Not recorded.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 90-120cm x 25-30cm (35-47 x 10-12 in).

Clutch Size:

3

Incubation Time:

21 days

Fledging Age:

8-9 weeks

Hatch Weight:

7-9g (0.2-0.3 oz)

Peak Weight:

189-225g (6.6-7.9 oz)

Weaning Weight:

168-213g (5.9-7.5 oz)

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Wild Moluccan King Parrot
© Mehd Halaouate

Did You Know?

The Moluccan King Parrot may be partly nocturnal (active at night) because of reports where it has been seen flying out of forest across open cultivation at dusk.

Academic Research

Related publications: Alisterus amboinensis

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Suspected to be in decline owing to habitat destruction.

Range:

A.a. amboinensis: S Moluccas, except Buru.
A.a. sulaensis: Sula Islands.
A.a. versicolor: Peleng Island.
A.a. buruensis: Buru, in S Moluccas.
A.a. hypophonius: Halmahera, N Moluccas.
A.s. dorsalis: W Papuan Islands and NW New Guinea.

Habitat:

Occurs from lowlands to around 2100m (6888 ft). Found in dense humid primary and secondary forest, and sometimes in nearby plantations, farmlands and gardens.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on Lithocarpus acorns, as well as the hard fruits, buds and berries of other trees.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Found usually in pairs or small groups; is shy. Remains in thick foliage. When approached will fly to cover calling loudly.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3 broadly elliptical eggs, 33.5 x 26.0 mm (1.3 x 1 in).

Breeding Season:

February-April

Related Links:

Wikipedia

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Wild Moluccan King Parrot
© Mehd Halaouate

Did You Know?

The Moluccan King Parrot may be partly nocturnal (active at night) because of reports where it has been seen flying out of forest across open cultivation at dusk.

Academic Research

Related publications: Alisterus amboinensis

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