French: Perruche à croupion bleu German: Blaubürzelpapagei Spanish: Lorito dorsiazul
J. R. Forster, 1795,
Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. abbotti (see below). Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
P. c. cyanurus
(J. R. Forster, 1795) – extreme S Myanmar and S Thailand S through Peninsular Malaysia and Riau and Lingga Archipelagos to Sumatra, Bangka and Borneo; apparently also in Indochina in 19th century.
P. c. pontius
Oberholser, 1912 – Mentawai Is, off W Sumatra.
18–19·5 cm. Upper mandible red (lower duller); head lavender-blue; underparts greyish olive with a yellow pectoral tuft, shading ventrally to yellowish green;... read more
Flight call is a shrill, sharp chittering, two- or three-noted “chi, chi, chi”, “whee-chi-chi... read more
Plains-level primary and logged rainforest, forest edge and clearings, oil-palm, rubber and coconut... read more
Food and feeding
Poorly documented. Mesocarp of oil-palm fruits extracted individually from the bunch, fruits of Macaranga rhizinoides and seeds of... read more
Nest inspection recorded late Nov and Feb, with eggs in May; May–Sept in Borneo. Nest in a small natural hole 30 m or more in live... read more
Long-distance, possibly nomadic dispersal suspected: birds may have very large home ranges or else... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. Global population thought to be > 100,000 individuals, but declining. Restricted to lowland forest... read more
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