Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Mindoro Racquet-tail (Prioniturus mindorensis)


French: Palette de Mindoro German: Mindoro-Spatelschwanzpapagei Spanish: Lorito momoto de Mindoro

Prioniturus Mindorensis


, 1890,



Part of the P. platenae clade (which see). Until recently considered conspecific with P. discurus, but differs in its soft (matt) powder-blue vs bright (glossy) turquoise mid-crown to hindcrown (3), matt green vs bright glossy emerald-green face (lores, ear-coverts, moustachial area) (2), and longer tail (effect size 4.2, score 2); split reinforced by genetic findings#R. Has sometimes been considered conspecific with P. flavicans (but recent reinforcement of split, when united with P. discurus#R#R), and previously with P. platenae. Monotypic.


Mindoro (NC Philippines).

Descriptive notes

27 cm. Very similar to formerly conspecific P. discurus (see Taxonomy comments). Head bright green strongly suffused powder-blue on crown (but green on forehead),... read more


No known differences from P. discurus.


Occurs in humid forest, mainly in lowlands, but reported to 1670 m.

Food and feeding

No data.


No information.


None known.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Population provisionally estimated at 2500–9999 mature individuals, within an overall range of 9900 km². The species’ population is inferred to be in... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Mindoro Racquet-tail (Prioniturus mindorensis). 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).