Green Racquet tail of parrot


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29 cm. Bill pale greyish; yellowish green on head and underparts, slightly darker on wings and tail, with spatules blackish and lateral feathers above dark blue tipped black. Female less yellowish. Immature lacks spatules.

Systematics History

Part of the P. discurus clade (see that species). Monotypic.

Subspecies

Monotypic.

Distribution

N & C Luzon and Marinduque, in N Philippines.

Habitat

Canopy of primary forest and edge, occasionally foraging out in open cultivated areas, in lowlands and foothills, e.g. in Sierra Madre at 300–700 m. Recorded recently from selectively logged and degraded forest, but ability to persist in such habitat unclear.

Movement

No information.

Diet and Foraging

Fruit, particularly bananas, flowers and seeds of growing corn, and rice.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

When perched, utters several harsh nasal screeches, often metallically modulated at the end, e.g. “rrraaa-wheeoleeoah”. Also short grating screeches and higher-pitched squeaky notes.

Breeding

Young obtained in May.

 


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