Loriculus amabilis

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Loriculus amabilis, Moluccan Hanging Parrot, Serindit Maluku


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.


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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