Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Near Threatened

Masked Shining-parrot (Prosopeia personata)


French: Perruche masquée German: Maskensittich Spanish: Papagayo enmascarado

Coracopsis ? personata

G. R. Gray

, 1848,

New Guinea?; error = Fiji Islands#R




Viti Levu, in SW Fiji; perhaps formerly on Ovalau#R.

Descriptive notes

47 cm. Bright green, with black forehead and area on face round eye to chin, broad yellow rough-edged patch from upper breast to vent, where turns to red; outer webs of... read more


Calls include several short harsh notes such as a nasal “krryeh”, a grating “krrreh” or more drawn-... read more


Mature forest, secondary growth, edges of villages, mangroves, subsistence gardens, from coasts up... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds and fruits including wild figs; also cultivated fruits such as Inocarpus fagiferus, guavas and mangoes; flowers of banana... read more


Jul–Sept. Nest in hole in tree. Eggs 2, although locals have reported 3–4 young in family parties.



Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Fairly common, and very frequent in the Nausori... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Masked Shining-parrot (Prosopeia personata). 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 13 December 2019).