[order] PSITTACIFORMES | [family] Psittacidae | [latin] Loriculus amabilis | [authority] Wallace, 1862 | [UK] Moluccan Hanging Parrot | [FR] Coryllis des Moluques | [DE] Zierpapageichen | [ES] Loriculo Amable | [NL] Molukse Vleermuisparkiet | [copyright picture] Martinuk
This genus ranges throughout the greater part of the Oriental region and into part of the Papuan. The hanging parrots are birds in the parrot genus Loriculus . This is a group of small parrots from tropical southern Asia. Small parrots, about 13 cm, and mostly green plumaged and short-tailed. These parrots are unique among birds for their ability to sleep upside down. Bill much smaller and longer comparatively than in Palaeornis, and much more compressed, the. culmen less curved ; the depth of the two mandibles together less than the length from cere to point; tail short, slightly rounded.
Male-red forehead and forecrown, extending to level of eye; dull orange/yellow back and lower mantle; carpal edge of wing orange/yellow and red; dark red spot on chin and throat; dark red rump and upper tail coverts, the red extending to tip of tail; tail green tipped green/yellow. Bill black. Eye yellow/white. Female-crown green; red spots on forehead; two to three irregular spots on throat. Eye brown. Young birds look like females, but the breast patch is yellow instead of red. The edge of the wing is greenish-yellow and the bill is horn-colored. Immature birds have pale brown irises and yellowish-brown feet.
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Australasia : Moluccas. Halmahera and Bacan in N Moluccas.
Prefers primary and secondary forests in the lowlands up to 450m (1476 ft). Also found along forest edge, mangroves and coastal casuarinas, and at the edge of cultivated areas, around villages and sometimes in coconut groves. The global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as moderately common, although rarer in Primary forest and commoner in secondary forest
Forages in tall flowering or fruiting trees. Seen singly, in pairs or in small groups. Keeps to the upper stages of the forest canopy. Noisy and conspicuous in flight. Feeds quietly amongst foliage.
Although this species may have a restricted range, it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.