Buru Racquet-tail

Buru Racquet-tail

Prioniturus mada Scientific name definitions

  • LC Least Concern
  • Names (15)
  • Monotypic


32 cm. Bill bluish grey; face, forehead and ear-coverts rich green; mid-crown to nape, mantle and shoulders purplish, shading on back and wings to olive-green, and in turn to oil green on flight-feathers, rump and tail, spatules dark blackish blue; leading edge of wing blue. Female lacks purple except as stain on hindneck and mantle. Immature like female but lacks spatules.

Systematics History

May form a species-pair with P. platurus. Monotypic.




Buru, in S Moluccas.


Rainforest, ranging from sea-level up to at least 1750 m, but also recorded in cultivation close to villages (1); reports of altitudinal preferences now considered to be unsubstantiated.


Presumably sedentary.

Diet and Foraging

No information.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Not well documented. Calls include a variety rather melodious whistles uttered in short phrases or repetitions of a single loud whistle, e.g. “whee-o-eew…whee-o-eew…” (somewhat reminiscent of a drongo Dicrurus). Also more metallic short notes such as “peek!”.


Dec–Feb. Nest in hollow limb or hole in tree. Five young in one nest included one large, fully feathered bird and one small, entirely down-covered hatchling.

Conservation Status

Conservation status on BirdlifeLC Least Concern

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. The mountains of Buru remain well forested, there is apparently no trade in this species, and it was common and widespread, including in selectively logged forest, with flocks of 4–10 regularly seen, late 1989, and it was also common, in flocks of up to 16 birds, in 1995 (1).

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