Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Near Threatened

Yellowish-breasted Racquet-tail (Prioniturus flavicans)


French: Palette de Cassin German: Flaggenschwanzpapagei Spanish: Lorito momoto amarillento
Other common names: Yellow-breasted Racquet-tail, Yellow-breasted Racquet-tailed Parrot

Prioniturus flavicans


, 1853,



Part of the P. discurus clade (see that species). Sometimes considered conspecific with P. discurus, but case for species status recently reinforced#R#R. Monotypic.


N peninsula of Sulawesi and associated islands (Bangka, Lembeh) and Togian Is.

Descriptive notes

37 cm. Bill pale bluish grey; forehead and face green; crown to hindneck rich blue with red patch in mid-crown; breast, sides of neck, nape and mantle dull olive-yellow... read more


When perched utters several harsh nasal screeches. Also a harsh grating “krraaa”, often given in... read more


Primary lowland forest to around 1000 m, occasionally in stands of trees at forest margins.

Food and feeding

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Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered near-­threatened. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Not as common as P. platurus and... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Yellowish-breasted Racquet-tail (Prioniturus flavicans). 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 7 December 2019).