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Sula Hanging Parrot

 (Loriculus sclateri)

Also known as: Golden-backed Hanging Parrot, Sclater's Hanging Parrot

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Sula Hanging Parrot at Taliabu Island
© Fachmi Azhar Aji

Did You Know?

When the Sula Hanging Parrot flies one can hear a 'whirring' to its wings, much like a hummingbird.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus sclateri

Species Profile

Genus: Loriculus | Species: sclateri

Size:

15cm (6 in)

Weight:

Not recorded.

Races including nominate:

two: L.s. sclateri, L.s. ruber

Colour Adult:

L.s. sclateri: Both adults mainly green; red chin and throat; orange/yellow mantle and back; rump and upper tail coverts crimson, extending to tip of tail; red carpal edge; tail green tipped with yellow/green. Bill black. Eye pale yellow in male, brown in female.
L.s. ruber: Both adults as in sclateri, but with red mantle and back.

Colour Juvenile:

Undescribed.

Call:

Calls are weak and high-pitched; also variously buzzy and di or trisyllabic notes that are repeated rapidly.

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More Information:

AvianWeb
Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

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Sula Hanging Parrot at Taliabu Island
© Fachmi Azhar Aji

Did You Know?

When the Sula Hanging Parrot flies one can hear a 'whirring' to its wings, much like a hummingbird.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus sclateri

Species Care

Captive Status:

Almost unknown in captivity.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Planted aviary 2.5 x 1.0 x 2m (8.2 x 3.3 x 6.5 ft) outside; inside very spacious enclosure with room to fly.

Diet:

Mainly fruit such as: apple, pear, banana, figs; vegetables; store-bought or handmade lory formula; small seed mix: canary, millets, grass seed; if possible provide fruit tree branches will flowers (unsprayed); when rearing young provide softened rusk, eggfood and mealworm larvae.

Enrichment:

Provide plenty of bird-safe wood chewables (fir, pine, elder and willow) branches. Also heat sterilized pine cones, wooden block toys and vegetable tanned leather toys.

Nest Box Size:

Nest log 12cm x 30cm (4.7" x 11.7").

Clutch Size:

About 3

Incubation Time:

20 days.

Fledging Age:

About 30 days.

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

Click photo to visit gallery

Sula Hanging Parrot at Taliabu Island
© Fachmi Azhar Aji

Did You Know?

When the Sula Hanging Parrot flies one can hear a 'whirring' to its wings, much like a hummingbird.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus sclateri

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Possible threats include fragmentation and loss of habitat. Also wild bird trade.

Range:

L.s. sclateri: Taliabu, Mangole, and Sanana, Sula Islands.
L.s. ruber: Peleng, Banggai and Labobo Islands.

Habitat:

Found up to 450m (1476 ft). Generally occurs in primary and secondary forests, mainly at forest edge; remnant tall trees in cultivated areas, plantations.

Wild Diet:

Nectar, soft fruits, flowers.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Found single, in pairs or small groups. Nesting material is tucked into wing feathers to be taken to the nest during breeding. Courtship feeding has been recorded.

Clutch and Egg Size:

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

Breeding Season:

January-April.

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Sula Hanging Parrot at Taliabu Island
© Fachmi Azhar Aji

Did You Know?

When the Sula Hanging Parrot flies one can hear a 'whirring' to its wings, much like a hummingbird.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus sclateri

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