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  Loriculus galgulus (Linnaeus, 1758)
  Family Name : Psittacidae

  Taxonomic Group : Vertebrates (Bird)

  Common Names : Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot

 
Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot
  • Description
    • Size :
      14cm
      Description :
      Small size with short tail. Males are overall green, patch on breast and rump crimson, patch on back orange, small patch on crown blue. Females are almost like males but lack both crimson patch on breast and blue crown.
  • Ecology, Habitat & Location
    • Ecological Notes :
      A forest nectarivore of the canopy and sub-canopy levels. Assessment of its status, distribution and population has been made complicated by the popularity of this species as a cage bird, imported from neighbouring countries. The true native population is believed to be confied to the central forests where it is scare but regular in occurrence. A little known species usually seen feeding on flowers in the forest canopy or flying over. Nesting has not been recorded in Singapore.
      Habitats :
      Forest, Terrestrial
      Distribution :
      Found throughout the central forests and Botanic Gardens. Vagrants, wanderers or escapees have been found in Sembawang, Sungei Buloh, Yishun, Alexandra Hospital, St. John’s Island and Pulau Ubin. This species occurs in the Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo.
      Nature Reserves :
      Central Catchment Nature Reserve, Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
      Parks & Gardens :
      Singapore Botanic Gardens
      Nature Areas :
      Pulau Ubin
  • Conservation
    • Trends & Threats :
      Unviable population levels. Although the population seems to have increased since the last estimate, the population is still vulnerable and underlying causes are still unknown.
      Scientific Interest & Potential Value :
      This species, like many allied species, is popular in the international bird trade.
      Conservation Notes :
      Estimated at 50-100. Field surveys should be conducted to determine the viability of its population and to explore the means available that will enhance its survival chances.
  • Status
    • Species Status :
      Resident
      Conservation Status :
      Uncommon
      Singapore Red Data Book 2008 status :
      Endangered (EN)
  • References
    • Davison, G.W.H., Ng, P.K.L. & Ho, H.C (Eds.). 2008. The Singapore Red Data Book (2nd Edition). Singapore: Nature Society (Singapore). 285pp 
      Lim, K.S. & Gardner, D. 1997. Birds: An illustrated field guide to the birds of Singapore. Singapore: Sun Tree Publishing Limited. 226pp 
      Strange, S. & Jeyarajasingam, A. 1993. Birds: A photographic guide to the birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Singapore: Sun Tree Publishing (S'pore) Pte Ltd. 258pp 

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