Olive-shouldered Parrot


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Olive-shouldered Parrot

Aprosmictus jonquillaceus Scientific name definitions

  • NT Near Threatened
  • Names (16)
  • Subspecies (2)

Identification

35 cm. Similar to female A. erythropterus but brighter, more yellowish green on head and body, darker mantle and upper back with blue margins, bend of wing blue, inner median and lesser wing-coverts yellow. Female lacks blue on mantle and back, and blue, red and yellow on wing. Immature like female but without yellow in wing. Race wetterensis smaller, with little yellow and less red in the wing.

Systematics History

Editor’s Note: This article requires further editing work to merge existing content into the appropriate Subspecies sections. Please bear with us while this update takes place.Forms a species-pair with A. erythropterus. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies


SUBSPECIES

Aprosmictus jonquillaceus wetterensis Scientific name definitions

A. j. wetterensis

Distribution

Wetar, in NC Lesser Sundas.


SUBSPECIES

Aprosmictus jonquillaceus jonquillaceus Scientific name definitions

A. j. jonquillaceus+1

Distribution

Timor and Roti, in SC Lesser Sundas.

Distribution

Editor’s Note: Additional distribution information for this taxon can be found in the ‘Subspecies’ article above. In the future we will develop a range-wide distribution article.

Habitat

Primary and secondary monsoon forest, savanna woodland, lightly wooded cultivation, and scrubby secondary growth, up to 2200 m.

Movement

No information available.

Diet and Foraging

No information available.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Commonest vocalization a diagnostic disyllabic shrill “chee-ik”. When perched also more raucous calls.

Breeding

No information available.

Conservation Status

 

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Tthreatened. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Fairly common, although habitat destruction has somewhat restricted its range. Small numbers present on Wetar, 1989 and 2008–2009 (1). Trade levels were not excessive in 1980s, but in 1990s zero quotas, recommended while uncertainty exists over total population size, have been flouted.


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