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Pesquet’s Parrot

 (Psittrichas fulgidus)

Also known as: Vulturine Parrot

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Pesquet's Parrot
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Did You Know?

The Pesquet's Parrot is one of three parrots with bare (featherless) faces. It is thought it has evolved this way to avoid feathers becoming matted with the fruit pulp the parrot feeds on.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittrichas fulgidus

Species Profile

Genus: Psittrichas | Species: fulgidus

Size:

46cm (18 in)

Weight:

600-800g (21-28 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Male-bare face grey/black; red mark behind eye; brown/black breast to upper abdomen; the feathers scalloped grey; red lower underparts and underwing coverts; greater and median wing coverts red.  Bill black. Eye dark red/brown.  Female-red mark behind eye absent.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adults but red generally duller; small red mark behind eye. Eye grey/brown.

Call:

Harsh and rasping; also described as growling.  Also drawn out scream given frequently in flight.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Arkive
Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998  
ML Media Collection Catalogue 65945, Pesquet's Parrot Psittrichas fulgidus, Connop, Scott, Papua New Guinea, Oct. 11 1993, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1989.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.

Click photo to visit gallery

Pesquet's Parrot
© Greg Hume | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Pesquet's Parrot is one of three parrots with bare (featherless) faces. It is thought it has evolved this way to avoid feathers becoming matted with the fruit pulp the parrot feeds on.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittrichas fulgidus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Extremely rare

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Walk in enclosure or aviary, minimum length 7m (23 ft).

Diet:

Fruits such as banana, papaya, apple, pear, cactus fruit and vegetables such as carrots, given spiked to bird-safe skewers on a perch. Fruit in nectar and rearing food made from hard-boiled egg, carrot and wholegrain bread; complete pellet.

Enrichment:

Captive birds chew on wood; provide bird-safe woods (fir, pine, willow, elder and sterilized pine cones) and vegetable-tanned leather toys.

Nest Box Size:

60cm (23 in) palm log with insides hollowed out.

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

29 days

Fledging Age:

12 weeks

Hatch Weight:

18g (0.6 oz)

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

Click photo to visit gallery

Pesquet's Parrot
© Greg Hume | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Pesquet's Parrot is one of three parrots with bare (featherless) faces. It is thought it has evolved this way to avoid feathers becoming matted with the fruit pulp the parrot feeds on.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittrichas fulgidus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Main threat is hunting for feathers, which are used for ceremonial dress; also hunted for meat and cage bird trade.

Range:

Found in mountains of mainland New Guinea.

Habitat:

Found at 600-1500m (1968-4920 ft); occasionally recorded in lowlands but mainly restricted to hill and lower montane forests. Also tall secondary growth.

Wild Diet:

Feeds mainly on soft pulp of figs (Ficus), mangoes (Mangifera indica) and large flowers of Freycinetia mangopandans.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Large, conspicuous and encountered in pairs or in groups of up to 20 birds, perched at the top of the canopy or flying noisily through the trees. Observed roosting in one tree at dusk.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 eggs, 44.5 x 36.5mm (1.7 x 1.4 in).

Breeding Season:

February-May.

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Research: The reproduction ecology of Palm Cockatoos, Pesquet's Parrots and Eclectus Parrots...
Research: Protein requirements of a specialized frugivore, Pesquet's Parrot

Click photo to visit gallery

Pesquet's Parrot
© Greg Hume | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Pesquet's Parrot is one of three parrots with bare (featherless) faces. It is thought it has evolved this way to avoid feathers becoming matted with the fruit pulp the parrot feeds on.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittrichas fulgidus

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