Species of Thailand
Blue-crowned hanging parrot
Loriculus galgulus, Carolus Linnaeus, 1758
(In Thai: นกหกเล็กปากดำ)
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, and Indonesia (Sumatra, Java, 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. 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 usually includes flowers, buds, fruits, nuts, and seeds. They eat Southeast Asian fruit such as papaya and rambutan in the wild.
It has a variety of different calls, such as the one often uttered in flight. The Blue Crowned Hanging Parrot is also excellent at imitating noises. They can produce very loud and shrill sounds.
It is the only species of bird that sleeps inverted. As its plummage is mostly green in colour, it also reduces the risk of predators detecting them.
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Category / Seasonal Status
BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years
BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident
- Loriculus galgulus
- Thai: นกหกเล็กปากดำ