Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Golden-mantled Racquet-tail (Prioniturus platurus)


Taxonomy

French: Palette à manteau d’or German: Goldmantelpapagei Spanish: Lorito momoto dorsidorado
Other common names: Golden-mantled Racquet-tailed Parrot
Taxonomy:

Psittacus platurus

Vieillot

, 1818,

New Caledonia; error = Sulawesi

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May form a species-pair with P. mada. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. p. talautensis E. J. O. Hartert, 1898 – Talaud Is (Karakelong, Salebabu).
  • P. p. platurus (Vieillot, 1818) – Sulawesi and associated islands (Siau, Lembeh, Dodepo, Togian Is, Banggai Is, Muna, Butung).
  • P. p. sinerubris Forshaw, 1971 – Sula Is (Taliabu, Mangole).
  • Descriptive notes

    28 cm. Bill pale greyish; green on head with red spot on hindcrown bordered behind by larger lilac patch; dull orange lateral stripe across mantle; rest of mantle, back and... read more

    Habitat

    Lowland rain forest up to elfin moss forest at 3000 m; perhaps most numerous at 1800–2000 m.... read more

    Food and feeding

    Small fruits and seeds taken in interior of forest from substage to lower canopy; fond of cultivated mangoes and reported to visit ripening... read more

    Breeding

    Oct. Nest in hole in limb or tree.

    Movements

    No regular movements recorded, but birds move daily over large distances in search of food.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Common, occurring in small parties throughout Sulawesi. May have declined mid-century on Muna and... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. (1997). Golden-mantled Racquet-tail (Prioniturus platurus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.) (2014). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from http://www.hbw.com/node/54549 on 26 November 2014).