Sri Lanka Hanging-Parrot 13–14 cm. Bill orangish red; entire crown red, shading on the nape to golden yellow extending onto mantle and back; face yellowish-green, extending in the thin line above the red-ringed eye and down onto sides of neck and underparts; chin and throat smudged blue; wings and tail green; rump and upper tail-coverts red; legs orange.
The Female has less blue throat. Immature generally lacks head and mantle color and may fledge with face and forehead naked.
Closely related to L. Vernalis. Monotypic.
Wooded country, groves, plantations, coconut groves, and gardens up to 1250 m, reaching 1600 m in NE monsoon.
Sri Lankan Hanging Parrot / Ceylon Lorikeet – (ගිරාමලිත්තා, Loriculus beryllinus)
Some upward altitudinal displacement appears to occur in the NE monsoon.
Diet and Foraging
Nectar of Erythrina, Somalia and introduced eucalypts; seeds of Casuarina; the fruit of “jambu” (presumably Eugenia); flowers and fruit of cultivated bananas.
Sounds and Vocal Behavior
Commonest call a high-pitched somewhat buzzy “tzee-zee-zeet”. When perched also utters squeaky warbles, high-pitched “see” notes, and combinations thereof. Overall quite similar to L. Vernalis.
Jan–Sept, chiefly Mar-May. Nest in the hollow in tree-stump or branch. Eggs 2–3.
Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot |ශ්රී ලංකා ගිරා මලිත්තා | Documentary Video
SOURCE: WILD Serendib
Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Widespread, and most plentiful in the SW of the island and almost absent from arid N.