Blue crowned Hanging Parrot


Blue crowned Hanging Parrot

Blue crowned Hanging Parrot 12–14·5 cm; 22–35 g. Bright emerald, more yellowish on underparts; bill black; middle of crown blackish blue; throat patch red; triangular patch on mantle golden yellow; lower back yellow; rump and upper tail-coverts red; legs buff-orange.
Blue crowned Hanging Parrot Female lacks red throat patch and yellow on lower back, much smaller crown patch. Immature duller with greatly reduced red and yellow.





S Thailand and extreme S Myanmar (Tenasserim), Peninsular Malaysia, Singapore, Sumatra and associated islands (Nias, Mentawai Is), Anambas Is, Riau Archipelago, Bangka, Mendanau Is, Belitung, and Borneo and associated islands (Labuan, Maratua Is). Also, W Java, wherein part introduced.

Blue crowned Hanging Parrot


Forest and forest edge, secondary growth, peat swamp and riverine forest, bamboo patches, landward edge of mangroves, beach-strand woodland especially with casua­rinas, wooded gardens, coconut groves, plantations, up to 1300 m, exceptionally to 2000 m, in Indonesia up to 500 m; possibly more abundant in selectively logged than primary forest.

Blaukrönchen (Loriculus galgulus) – Blue crowned hanging parrot

SOURCE: maxtc       


Blue crowned Hanging Parrots may move about widely, even ranging between adjacent islands. May trapline around a large communal home range or is truly nomadic.

Diet and Foraging

Few specific records: the fruit of various figs including Ficus caulocarpaF. virensF. delosyceF. pisocarpaF. kerkenhoveniiF. crassiramea, and F. stupenda, also flowers of Erythrina and durian Durio zibethinus, and mesocarp of oil-palm fruits.

Blue-crowned Hanging-Parrot

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Flight Blue crowned Hanging Parrot call a high-pitched “tzeeet” or a doubled “tzee-zeet”, sounding slightly higher-pitched than L. Vernalis. When perched, also utters several squeaky or buzzy warbles and twitters.

blue crowned hanging parrot sings

SOURCE: Bird Jamboree


Jan–Aug, possibly later, in Sumatra. Blue crowned Hanging Parrot Nest in hollow in living or dead tree, including dead Oncosperma palms and rubber trees in disturbed forest, 8–12 m up. Eggs 3; in captivity, nestling period c. 5 weeks.

Blue-Crowned Hanging Parrots at San Diego Zoo

SOURCE: San Diego Zoo Kids

Conservation Status

Blue crowned Hanging-Parrot

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Very common and widespread throughout the range except for Singapore, where now very uncommon.

Very popular as cage birds, Malaysia, exported 38,381 birds in the period 1985–1990; however, this and trade pressure elsewhere do not appear to constitute a significant impact on populations. Agricultural lowlands require patches of tall, semi-natural woodland for breeding sites.

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