Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Green Racquet-tail (Prioniturus luconensis)


French: Palette verte German: Luzon-Spatelschwanzpapagei Spanish: Lorito momoto de Luzón
Other common names: Green Racquet-tailed Parrot

Prioniturus Luconensis


, 1890,

Marinduque and Luzon, Philippines


Part of the P. discurus clade (see below). Monotypic.


N & C Luzon and Marinduque, in N Philippines.

Descriptive notes

29 cm. Bill pale greyish; yellowish green on head and underparts, slightly darker on wings and tail, with spatules blackish and lateral feathers above dark blue tipped black... read more


When perched, utters several harsh nasal screeches, often metallically modulated at the end, e.g. “... read more


Canopy of primary forest and edge, occasionally foraging out in open cultivated areas, in lowlands... read more

Food and feeding

Fruit, particularly bananas, flowers and seeds of growing corn, and rice.


Young obtained in May.


No information.

Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species, endemic to the Philippines. Now appears to be restricted to Luzon: there are no recent records from... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., de Juana, E., Sharpe, C.J. & Boesman, P. (2018). Green Racquet-tail (Prioniturus luconensis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 25 March 2018).