Masked Shining Parrot - Prosopeia personata Habitat Breeding Distribution

Masked Shining Parrot


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Identification

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 Female has a smaller bill. Immature has a paler bill.

Systematics History

Monotypic.

Subspecies

Monotypic.

Distribution

Viti Levu, in SW Fiji; perhaps formerly on Ovalau.

Habitat

Mature forest, secondary growth, edges of villages, mangroves, subsistence gardens, from coasts up to 1200 m.

Movement

Sedentary.

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.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Calls include several short harsh notes such as a nasal “krryeh”, a grating “krrreh” or more drawn-out “krrraah” and similar variants.

Breeding

Jul–Sept. 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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