French: Diamant à queue verte German: Bambuspapageiamadine Spanish: Diamante coliverde
#R, New Guinea; error = Java
Subspecies and Distribution
E. h. borneensis
(Sharpe, 1889) – Peninsular Malaysia (Cameron Highlands) and N Borneo.
E. h. brunneiventris
(Ogilvie-Grant, 1894) – N Philippine Is (Luzon, Mindoro and Panay).
E. h. hyperythra
(Reichenbach, 1862) – Java; unconfirmed in Bali#R.
E. h. microrhyncha
(Stresemann, 1931) – Sulawesi.
E. h. intermedia
(E. J. O. Hartert, 1896) – W Lesser Sundas (Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores).
10·4 cm; c. 10–13·2 g. Male has forehead velvety black, forecrown blue, hindcrown and upperparts to back green, rump and uppertail-coverts tawny-orange;... read more
Contact call, given in flight, a high-pitched hissing "tzit-tzit" or "tseet-tseet... read more
In Peninsular Malaysia, occurs in bamboo, edge of broadleaf evergreen forest, montane forest and... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of grasses (Poa pratensis, Puleum pratense, Panicum) and bamboo, also seeds of herbs, e.g. sunflower (... read more
Season Feb–Mar in Java and May–Jun on Flores, and juveniles seen in May in Borneo. In courtship, male bundles several pieces of... read more
Resident. Perhaps some short movements in response to flowering and seeding of bamboo.
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Not well known; probably often overlooked because of its skulking behaviour. Rare in Peninsular Malaysia. Rare in Borneo, where confined to N... read more
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