Salvadori’s Fig Parrot


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Salvadori’s Fig Parrot 19 cm; 118 g. Forehead bluish-green shading to the bright green crown, yellow on nape; elongated facial feathers  

Salvadori's Fig Parrot

 

golden yellow, blue behind eye; undersides yellowish-green except for a broad orange-red patch on breast ;  

Salvadori's Fig Parrots

back, wings, and tail dull green, with innermost tertials edged orange. The Female has a bluish crown, greenish-yellow face, pale blue patch on her breast. Immature duller than female.

Systematics History

Monotypic.

Subspecies

Monotypic.

Distribution

NW New Guinea from E shores of Geelvink Bay E to Cyclops Mts.

Habitat

Lowland forest and edge, up to 400m.

Movement

No information.

Diet and Foraging

Seen attending a fruiting fig tree.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Calls include a shrill “screet!” and a short metallic high-pitched “ksit!”. When perched, also gives lower-pitched, more grating calls and several conversational chirrups.

Breeding

Record of possible nest-site prospection in a hole in a tree 

Salvadori's Fig-Parrot

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Conservation Status

VULNERABLE. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Locally common and parts of the range are remote and inaccessible, but extensive logging and land clearance in the region, owing to Indonesia’s transmigration policy, coupled with extensive trapping for the cagebird trade, are judged to be causing a rapid and substantial decline in numbers. However, a total of only 1582 birds was exported from Indonesia in the period 1985–1990, which was not judged to prejudice the security of the species; nevertheless, its commercial importation into the EC from Indonesia was prohibited in Jul 1987.


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