Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Near Threatened

Yellow-throated Hanging-parrot (Loriculus pusillus)


French: Coryllis à gorge jaune German: Elfenpapageichen Spanish: Lorículo de Java

Loriculus pusillus

G. R. Gray

, 1859,

no locality


Forms a species-group with L. exilis and L. flosculus. Monotypic.


Java and Bali.

Descriptive notes

12 cm. Green, more yellowish below; orange bill; large orange-yellow patch on throat; can have very faint orange band on nape; rump and uppertail-coverts red; legs pale... read more


Flight call a high-pitched tinkling double note, e.g. “tsee!-tsik”, with emphasis on the first note... read more


Lowland swamp forest, montane forest, more open areas with Casuarina trees, up to 1850 m.

Food and feeding

Observed feeding in flowering Erythrina trees, in Ficus, and at Cassia siamea flowers.


Apr–May. Nest in hollow in tree, often a palm trunk or an old barbet hole; once in top of tree-fern at the edge of primary forest.... read more


No certain information but considered probably nomadic.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered near-­threatened. Considered generally uncommon throughout range in both Java and Bali.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Yellow-throated Hanging-parrot (Loriculus pusillus). 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 22 March 2018).