Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Moluccan Hanging-parrot (Loriculus amabilis)


French: Coryllis des Moluques German: Zierpapageichen Spanish: Lorículo amable

Loriculus amabilis


, 1862,



Member of the L. stigmatus group (which see). Sometimes treated as conspecific with L. sclateri (but separate treatment appropriate#R) and L. catamene. Monotypic.


N Moluccas: Morotai, Halmahera, Kasiruta and Bacan.

Descriptive notes

11 cm. Emerald green, slightly darker on uppersides and wings; bill black; forehead to mid-crown red; throat patch, edge of wing, and rump and uppertail-coverts red; legs... read more


Not well documented. Calls include short high-pitched notes, given singly or in phrases of 3–4... read more


Primary and secondary forest areas, selectively logged forest, coastal Casuarina trees,... read more

Food and feeding

Birds have been seen foraging in the crowns of tall flowering and fruiting Erythrina and Casuarina trees, Rhizophora... read more


No information.


Known to make diurnal movements over long distances.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Overall, moderately common; rare in primary forest, commoner in secondary forest.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Moluccan Hanging-parrot (Loriculus amabilis). 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 14 December 2019).