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Blue-rumped parrot

In Thai: นกหกใหญ่, nok hok yai

Binomial name: Psittinus cyanurus, Johann Reinhold Forster, 1795

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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Scientific classification

Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Chordata
Class
Aves
Order
Psittaciformes
Family
Psittaculidae
Genus
Psittinus
Species
Psittinus cyanurus

Common names

  • Thai: นกหกใหญ่, nok hok yai

Conservation status

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Near Threatened (IUCN3.1)

Range Map

Distribution map of Blue-rumped parrot, Psittinus cyanurus in Thailand
Range map of Psittinus cyanurus in Thailand