Golden-mantled Racquet-tail

Golden-mantled Racquet-tail

Prioniturus platurus Scientific name definitions

  • LC Least Concern
  • Names (15)
  • Subspecies (3)


28 cm. Bill pale greyish; green on head 

with red spot on hindcrown bordered behind by larger lilac patch; dull orange lateral stripe across mantle  ; rest of mantle, back and wing-coverts dull grey  central tail feathers  green above, with blackish spatules, lateral feathers green with blue edging and black tips; yellowish green on undersides. Female  green. Immature like female with no spatules. Race talautensis darker with less grey upperparts; sinerubris also less grey, smaller, without red spot on crown.

Systematics History

Editor’s Note: This article requires further editing work to merge existing content into the appropriate Subspecies sections. Please bear with us while this update takes place.May form a species-pair with P. mada. Three subspecies recognized.



Prioniturus platurus talautensis Scientific name definitions


Talaud Is (Karakelong, Salebabu).


Prioniturus platurus platurus Scientific name definitions

P. p. platurus+1


Sulawesi and associated islands (Siau, Lembeh, Dodepo, Togian Is, Banggai Is, Muna, Butung).


Prioniturus platurus sinerubris Scientific name definitions

P. p. sinerubris


Sula Is (Taliabu, Mangole).


Editor’s Note: Additional distribution information for this taxon can be found in the ‘Subspecies’ article above. In the future we will develop a range-wide distribution article.


Lowland rain forest up to elfin moss forest at 3000 m; perhaps most numerous at 1800–2000 m. Also at forest edge and even at mango trees in villages.


No regular movements recorded, but birds move daily over large distances in search of food.

Diet and Foraging

Small fruits 

© Opwall IndonesiaSulawesi Tenggara, Sulawesi, Indonesia 

and seeds taken in interior of forest from substage to lower canopy; fond of cultivated mangoes and reported to visit ripening corn at night.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Commonest vocalization a rolling screechy disyllabic “curleek”. When perched, also several rather nasal screechy or squeaky notes.


Oct. Nest in hole in limb or tree.

Conservation Status

Conservation status on BirdlifeLC Least ConcernNot globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Common, occurring in small parties throughout Sulawesi. May have declined mid-century on Muna and Buton islands owing to trapping.

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