Masked Parrot or Masked Shining Parrot 47 cm. Bright green, with black forehead and area on the face round eye to chin, broad yellow rough-edged patch from upper breast to vent, where turns to red; outer webs of primaries deep blue;
tail below brownish-black. The Masked Parrot Female has a smaller bill. Immature has a paler bill.
Viti Levu, in SW Fiji; perhaps formerly on Ovalau.
Mature forest, secondary growth, edges of villages, mangroves, subsistence gardens, from coasts up to 1200 m.
Diet and Foraging
Seeds and fruits including wild figs; also cultivated fruits such as Inocarpus fagiferus, guavas, and mangoes; flowers of banana palms; caterpillars; and ripening grain.
SOURCE: Peter Odekerken
Sounds and Vocal Behavior
Masked Shining Parrot Calls include several short harsh notes such as a nasal “krryeh”, a grating “krrreh” or more drawn-out “krrraah” and similar variants.
Jul–Sept. Masked Parrot Nest in a hole in a tree. Eggs 2, although locals have reported 3–4 young in family parties.
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species.
Fairly common, and very frequent in the Nausori Highlands in 1970, but some concern remains over the impact of fragmentation of habitat with continuing forest clearance.