French: Perruche à bec de sang German: Schwarzschulterpapagei Spanish: Loro picogordo
New Guinea (= West Papuan Islands?)
Subspecies and Distribution
T. m. megalorynchos
(Boddaert, 1783) – Talaud, Sangihe, Siau, islands off NE Sulawesi, Togian Is, and Tukangbesi Is S to Tanahjampea, Kalao, Kalaotoa, Madu and Flores (Lesser Sundas), and E through N & C Moluccas (Morotai, Halmahera and most of satellites, Bacan, Bisa, Obi) to W Papuan Is (Waigeo, Batanta, Misool) and other islands off W New Guinea; present also on Balut and Sarangani, off S Mindanao (SE Philippines), where possibly introduced; specimens from N Sulawesi may have been wanderers or introductions, while sight records open to question.
T. m. affinis
Wallace, 1863 – S Moluccas (Buru, Seram, Ambon, Haruku, Seram Laut).
T. m. sumbensis
A. B. Meyer, 1882 – Sumba, in W Lesser Sundas.
T. m. hellmayri
Mayr, 1944 – Roti, Semao and SW Timor, in WC Lesser Sundas.
T. m. subaffinis
P. L. Sclater, 1883 – Babar and Tanimbar Is, in E Lesser Sundas.
33–43 cm. Enormous bill red; head, nape and mantle bright green, shading to pale blue on back and rump and to yellowish on underparts, with yellow flanks, underwing-... read more
Quite vocal. Most calls involve repeated loud nasal squawks or screeches, e.g. “kee-aw…kee-aw..” or... read more
Primary and secondary lowland evergreen forest, preferably with a rather open structure and with a... read more
Food and feeding
The fruit of Sonneratia alba reportedly much favoured, also Canarium vulgare and casuarinas; a green lemon-sized fruit... read more
Nest-sites apparently occupied, Aug–Sept; Aug–Sept on Sumba. Nest in hole in very tall deciduous tree. No information on clutch... read more
Apparently often travels between adjacent small islands, but this is presumably generally only a... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Seram may hold 100,000 birds, and the species is still in healthy numbers on Tanahjampea, Flores Sea; Buru has been reckoned to hold c.... read more
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