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Vernal Hanging Parrot

 (Loriculus vernalis)

Also known as: Green Hanging Parrot, Indian Hanging Parrot, Indian Lorikeet

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Wild Male Vernal Hanging Parrot
© Bishan Monnappa

Did You Know?

The Vernal Hanging Parrot will sometimes take palm wine collected in pots and become intoxicated.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus vernalis

Species Profile

Genus: Loriculus | Species: vernalis

Size:

13cm (5 in)

Weight:

28g (1 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Male-small green parrot with blue patch on throat; red rump and uppertail coverts. Bill soft red. Eye white.  Female-as in male but blue on throat minimal or absent.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adults but forehead and cheeks dull grey/green; blue on throat absent; rump dull red washed with green.  Bill pale orange. Eye brown.

Call:

Squeaky and high-pitched in flight or at rest; also sharp and shrill notes. Feeding in silence with occasional soft chuckling.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

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 113675, Vernal Hanging Parrot Loriculus vernalis, Macaulay, Linda, Viet Nam, Feb. 3 2000, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.

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Wild Male Vernal Hanging Parrot
© Bishan Monnappa

Did You Know?

The Vernal Hanging Parrot will sometimes take palm wine collected in pots and become intoxicated.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus vernalis

Species Care

Captive Status:

Limited number in captivity.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Outdoor secure aviary, minimum length 1.5m (5 ft) with enclosed shelter for 1 or 2 pairs. A planted aviary is ideal, with cleaning of the plants a necessity.

Diet:

Fruits such as: apple and pear, cut into halves; also fruits in season such as pomegranate, guava and cactus fruits; berries such as blackberries and redcurrants; small seeds such as canary, and soaked oats; spray millet; sponge cake and nectar; insects such as mealworms, maggots and ant pupae, especially for feeding young.

Enrichment:

Not recorded.

Nest Box Size:

106cm (41.3") long, 11cm (4.3") internal diameter, vertical box.

Clutch Size:

3 to 4

Incubation Time:

20 days

Fledging Age:

5 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Wild Male Vernal Hanging Parrot
© Bishan Monnappa

Did You Know?

The Vernal Hanging Parrot will sometimes take palm wine collected in pots and become intoxicated.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus vernalis

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

None so far.

Range:

SW India (peninsula) and up east coast to W Bengal and NE India, Bangladesh, to S China, and Indochina to Thailand. Also Andaman Islands and Mergui Archipelago.

Habitat:

Found up to 1800m (5904 ft). Occurs in a variety of areas such as evergreen and deciduous forest, forest edge, clearings, secondary growth forest, brush, bamboo thickets, orchards and overgrown cultivated areas.

Wild Diet:

Feed on nectar of coral trees, and in fruiting trees such as figs or guava; also berries and seeds.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Not visually conspicuous, but not shy either; feeding is in canopy and very acrobatic in nature. Found in pairs, family parties or small flocks. Easily approached.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3 to 4 broadly ovate eggs, 19.0 x 16.0mm (0.7 x 0.6 in).

Breeding Season:

January-April

Related Links:

Wikipedia
 

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Wild Male Vernal Hanging Parrot
© Bishan Monnappa

Did You Know?

The Vernal Hanging Parrot will sometimes take palm wine collected in pots and become intoxicated.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus vernalis

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