French: Coryllis de Ceylan German: Ceylonpapageichen Spanish: Lorículo de Ceilán
Other common names: Ceylon Hanging-parrot
J. R. Forster, 1781,
Closely related to L. vernalis. Monotypic.
13–14 cm. Bill orangish red; entire crown red, shading on nape to golden yellow extending onto mantle and back; face yellowish green, extending in thin line above red-... read more
Commonest call a high-pitched somewhat buzzy “tzee-zee-zeet”. When perched also utters... read more
Wooded country, groves, plantations, coconut groves and gardens up to 1250 m, reaching 1600 m in NE... read more
Food and feeding
Nectar of Erythrina, Salmalia and introduced eucalypts; seeds of Casuarina; fruit of “jambu” (... read more
Jan–Sept, chiefly Mar–May. Nest in hollow in tree-stump or branch. Eggs 2–3.
Some upward altitudinal displacement appears to occur in the NE monsoon.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Widespread, and most plentiful in the SW of the island and almost absent from arid N. read more
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