French: Diamant quadricolore German: Lauchpapageiamadine Spanish: Diamante colifino
Two subspecies recognized.
Subspecies and Distribution
E. p. prasina
(Sparrman, 1788) – Thailand, S Myanmar (Tenasserim), Peninsular Malaysia, S Cambodia, N & C Laos, Vietnam (C & S Annam, N Cochinchina), Sumatra and Java; recently recorded in China (S Yunnan)#R.
E. p. coelica
E. C. S. Baker, 1925 – Borneo; few records from W Philippine Is (S Palawan), where perhaps resident#R.
Male 15 cm, female 11·5-12 cm; 14·7 g. Male nominate race has forehead, face and throat blue, lores black; crown and upperparts, including upperwing, green, rump, uppertail-... read more
Call a loud, high-pitched "tseet-tseet" or "tsit-tsit", also a sharp "teger-teger". Song includes a... read more
Forest edge and secondary growth, bamboo; visits rice fields; lowland plains up to 1500 m. In Malay... read more
Food and feeding
Rice (Oryza sativa), and seeds of grass, of bamboo and perhaps of sedges (Cyperaceae). In Borneo, hundreds of specimens examined... read more
Season Feb–Sept in SE Asia and Feb and Nov in Java. Male holds nesting material in bill, hops towards female, bobs up and down, and... read more
Resident, partially migratory and nomadic. Appears to wander over large range, and moves seasonally... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Scarce to locally fairly common in SE Asia; uncommon to scarce and local in Sumatra and Java; locally common to abundant in Borneo.... read more
Only subscribers are able to see the bibliography. Login or Subscribe to get access to a lot of extra features!