Masked Parrot

Masked Parrot

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.

Conservation Status

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.

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