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Yellow-throated Hanging Parrot

 (Loriculus pusillus)

Also known as: Javan Hanging Parrot, Little Hanging Parrot

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Juvenile Yellow-throated Hanging Parrot
© Stefan Behrens

Did You Know?

Hanging Parrots acquired their name because they normally hang upside down while roosting, head facing downwards.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus pusillus

Species Profile

Genus: Loriculus | Species: pusillus

Size:

12cm (4.7 in)

Weight:

Probably 25-30g (0.9-1 oz).

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults in general green; yellow tint to mantle; red rump and tail coverts; orange/yellow mark on throat, minimal in female. Bill orange. Eye yellow/white.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adult female but with little or no yellow on throat. Bill yellow/brown. Eye pale brown.

Call:

Calls made in flight are shrill and high-pitched. Also squeaky chattering while feeding.

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More Information:

Avibase
Arkive
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
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.

Click photo to visit gallery

Juvenile Yellow-throated Hanging Parrot
© Stefan Behrens

Did You Know?

Hanging Parrots acquired their name because they normally hang upside down while roosting, head facing downwards.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus pusillus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Outdoor enclosure (in warm climates), minimum length 1.5m (5 ft) with enclosed shelter, for 1-2 pairs.

Diet:

Fruits such as: apple, pear, mango, cut into halves; fruits in season like pomegranate, guavas, cactus fruits and berries such as blackberries and red currants; small seed mix such as: canary, millet and soaked oats; spray millet; sponge cake and nectar; insectivorous mixture, mealworms, well-cleaned maggots and ant pupae.

Enrichment:

Vigorous chewers, so provide bird-safe, unsprayed flowering, pine, fir, willow or elder branches; wooden and vegetable tanned leather toys (discard when dirty). Also enjoy bathing so provide overhead misters or shallow bowls of water.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 5" x 5" x 24" (12.7cm x 12.7cm x 61cm).

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

23-24 days

Fledging Age:

35 days

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Juvenile Yellow-throated Hanging Parrot
© Stefan Behrens

Did You Know?

Hanging Parrots acquired their name because they normally hang upside down while roosting, head facing downwards.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus pusillus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Near Threatened

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

This species is threatened by deforestation, although it seems to tolerate this somewhat better than most parrots. This it can do so long as there are some tall trees left.

Range:

Java and Bali, Indonesia.

Habitat:

Found up to 1450m (4756 ft) in forest, forest edge and swamp forest.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on nectar, fruit, figs, leaf buds and flowers.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Probably nomadic in response to food availability. Seen in pairs, singly or in small groups, with larger gatherings at flowering trees. Very visible in flight, but difficult to spot while foraging in treetop foliage. Birds very active, fluttering rapidly from one tree to the next.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 broad-oval eggs, 19.5 x 15.0mm (0.8 x 0.6 in).

Breeding Season:

March-May

Click photo to visit gallery

Juvenile Yellow-throated Hanging Parrot
© Stefan Behrens

Did You Know?

Hanging Parrots acquired their name because they normally hang upside down while roosting, head facing downwards.

Academic Research

Related publications: Loriculus pusillus

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