Loriculus amabilis

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Loriculus amabilis, Moluccan Hanging Parrot, Serindit Maluku

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The Moluccan Hanging-parrot (Loriculus amabilis) is endemic to the Moluccan islands of Halmahera and Batjan, in the northern Maluku / Maluku Islands, Indonesia (please refer to below distribution map).

Its natural habitat includes subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest areas.

Description:

This Hanging Parrot averages 4.5 inches (11 cm) in length, with a wing length of 2.75 – 3.3 inches (70 – 84 mm).

The plumage is mostly green. The breast, abdomen and under tail-coverts are yellowish-green. The crown and the back of its head are red. There is a red patch to the throat and upper breast. The edge of the wing, lower back and upper tail-coverts are dark red. The back has a golden orange tinge. The flight feathers are green and the under sides are greenish-blue. The upperside of the tail is green with yellowish tips. The underside is greenish-blue. The bill is black; the irises are yellowish-white; and the feet are orange.

Hens look like males, except they lack the red head markings; although frequently, some reddish feathers to the forehead can be seen. The throat patch is occasionally reduced to few small red spots. Hens have brown irises.Distribution Map: Maluku Islands

Young birds look like females, but the breast patch is yellow instead of red. The edge of the wing is greenish-yellow and the bill is horn-colored. Immature birds have pale brown irises and yellowish-brown feet.Loriculus-amabilis

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