Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Sula Hanging-parrot (Loriculus sclateri)


French: Coryllis des Sula German: Sulapapageichen Spanish: Lorículo de las Sula

Loriculus sclateri


, 1863,

Sula Islands


Member of the L. stigmatus group (which see). Sometimes treated as conspecific with L. amabilis and L. catamene. Race ruber was considered in HBW to be based on character present in at least some L. amabilis and probably age-related, but closer study has demonstrated its validity#R. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • L. s. ruber A. B. Meyer & Wiglesworth, 1896 – Banggai Is (Peleng, Banggai, Labobo, Bowokan Is#R).
  • L. s. sclateri Wallace, 1863 – Sula Is (Taliabu, Seho, Mangole, Sanana).
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm. Considerably larger than L. amabilis with no red on head and a large orange patch, often with large red centre, on lower mantle and upper back. Female similar... read more


    Flight call a high-pitched thin triple-noted “tsee-see-seet”. When perched, utters similar calls... read more


    Primary and secondary forest and adjacent partially cleared lands.

    Food and feeding

    No information.


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    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Reported to be common throughout both island groups.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Sula Hanging-parrot (Loriculus sclateri). 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 23 March 2018).