Mindoro Racquet-tail


Mindoro Racquet-tail

Prioniturus mindorensis Scientific name definitions

  • VU Vulnerable
  • Names (14)
  • Monotypic

Identification

27 cm. Very similar to formerly conspecific P. discurus  (see Taxonomy comments). Head bright green strongly suffused powder-blue on crown (but green on forehead), upperparts mid-green, wings green darker on inner webs of flight feathers, outer primaries blue-green, underwing-coverts green and underside of flight feathers greenish-blue, underparts light yellowish green, uppertail green, the outermost tail feathers blue at base with black tips; undertail strongly suffused blue, spatules blackish (longer than in P. discurus); bare parts: bill whitish, iris dark brown, and legs and feet grey. Sexes basically alike, although female has shorter tail racquets. Immature has less blue on crown and lacks tail racquets.

Systematics History

Part of the P. platenae clade (which see). Until recently considered conspecific with P. discurus, but differs in its soft (matt) powder-blue vs bright (glossy) turquoise mid-crown to hindcrown (3), matt green vs bright glossy emerald-green face (lores, ear-coverts, moustachial area) (2), and longer tail (effect size 4.2, score 2); split reinforced by genetic findings (1). Has sometimes been considered conspecific with P. flavicans (but recent reinforcement of split, when united with P. discurus (21) ), and previously with P. platenae. Monotypic.

Subspecies

Monotypic.

Distribution

Mindoro (NC Philippines).

Habitat

Occurs in humid forest, mainly in lowlands, but reported to 1670 m (3).

Movement

None known.

Diet and Foraging

No data.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

No known differences from P. discurus.

Breeding

No information.

Conservation Status

Conservation status on BirdlifeVU Vulnerable

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Population provisionally estimated at 2500–9999 mature individuals, within an overall range of 9900 km². The species’ population is inferred to be in continuing decline due to ongoing trapping pressure for the pet trade and habitat loss (agricultural expansion, logging for timber and development). Most recent records are from bird tour groups visiting Siburan IBA.


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