Camiguin Hanging-Parrot


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Camiguin Hanging-Parrot c. 14 cm. The plumage is yellowish-green, with red forehead and crown, red rump, greater and some median upper wing-coverts with diffusely duskier centers, primaries dusky with much green on the outer web, secondaries, and tertials similar but mostly green; rectrices green with some light blue on tips and along the central area;

Camiguin Hanging Parrot

light blue face and blue underside of tail; a light blue mutant form has green replaced by pale blue, and other colors paler; iris dark greyish; bill orange to orange-red; legs yellowish-horn to fleshy-orange. Sexes alike.

Distinguished from congeners by long tail and wing, more strongly blue-washed face, also by lack of sexual dimorphism. The juvenile has little or no red on top of the head and reduced blue on the cheek.

Systematics History

Considered to be closely related to L. philippensis. Treatment as a full species is not universally accepted; molecular-genetic analysis is required. Monotypic.

Camiguin-Hanging-Parrot

Subspecies

Monotypic.

Distribution

Camiguin Sur, off N coast of Mindanao, in S Philippines.

Habitat

Canopy in upland forest.

Movement

Probably sedentary.

Diet and Foraging

Said to feed on nectar, seeds, particularly of wild bananas (Musa), also soft fruit, berries, and blossoms. Seen mostly singly, in pairs, or in small groups.

Camiguin hanging parrot

SOURCE: greenpalaka

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Most often heard is a high-pitched, quickly repeated “tziit-tziit-tziit”.

Breeding

Season probably Sept–Nov. Nest placed in the hole in dead tree-fern. No other information.

Kulasisi, kusi, small green parrot, or camiguin hanging parrot,

SOURCE: Og Berenguela

Conservation Status

Not assessed. Probably threatened. Restricted-range species: present in Mindanao and the Eastern Visayas EBA. Apparently rare on the island. The conservation status of this parrot appears to be highly precarious.
 Previously it occurred down to c. 300 m, but today the population is concentrated in uppermost areas, maybe within only 20 km². A significant threat is a capture for the local cagebird market.

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