Species of Thailand
Psittinus cyanurus, Johann Reinhold Forster, 1795
(In Thai: นกหกใหญ่)
The blue-rumped parrot (Psittinus cyanurus) is a parrot found in the very southern tip of Myanmar, peninsular Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra and nearby islands. It is a small parrot (18 cm) and is primarily green with bright red underwing coverts, a reddish shoulder patch, and yellowish margins on the wing coverts. It is sexually dimorphic. The female has a grey-brown head. The male has a black mantle, red upper mandible, and blue head and rump.
It was the only member of the genus Psittinus although Birdlife International recognised the subspecies abbottii as a separate species the Simeulue parrot
There are two subspecies:
- P. c. cyanurus: Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Sumatra.
- P. c. pontius: Mentawi Islands southwards from Siberut. Larger than the nominate subspecies.
It is found in lowland forests, generally below 700 m, in forest, open woodland, orchards and plantations, mangroves, dense scrub, and coconut groves. It occurs in flocks up to 20 birds. They eat seeds, fruit and blossoms.
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Category / Seasonal Status
Wiki listed status (concerning Thai population): Rare, much reduced
BCST Category: Recorded in an apparently wild state within the last 50 years
BCST Seasonal status: Resident or presumed resident
- Psittinus cyanurus
- Thai: นกหกใหญ่
Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)
Near Threatened (BirdLife)
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