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Blue-crowned hanging parrot

Thai: นกหกเล็กปากดำ, nok hok lek paak dam

Binomial name: Loriculus galgulus, Carolus Linnaeus, 1758

The blue-crowned hanging parrot (Loriculus galgulus) is a small (length: 13 cm) mainly green parrot found in forested lowlands in southern Burma and Thailand, Malaya, Singapore, Sumatra, far western Java and Borneo.


Blue-crowned hanging parrots are mostly green and the adults have black beaks. Adult males have a blue crown, red throat, red rump, and a yellow lower back. Adult females are duller than males and lack the yellow lower back, usually lack the red throat, and the blue crown is much less noticeable. The juvenile is duller than the female, and has a grey forehead and horn-coloured beak.


Blue-crowned hanging parrots nest in tree cavities.Here's a short video of a female exploring a cavity -Video There are usually three eggs in a clutch. The female incubates the eggs for 20 days and the chicks leave the nest about 33 days from hatching.


Its diet includes flowers, buds, fruits, nuts, and seeds.

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Scientific classification

Loriculus galgulus

Common names

  • Thai: นกหกเล็กปากดำ, nok hok lek paak dam

Conservation status

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Least Concern (IUCN3.1)

Distribution map of Blue-crowned hanging parrot, Loriculus galgulus in Thailand

Range map of Loriculus galgulus in Thailand

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