Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot (Loriculus galgulus)

Latin Etymology: Loriculus (diminutive of "lorius") galgulus (small bird mentioned by Pliny)
Adult Male Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot (Loriculus galgulus) at Ang Mo Kio, Singapore - February 2019

Featured Subspecies: N/A
Weight: 28g  /  Length: 13cm  /  Wingspan: ?
NO UK STATUS IUCN Red List: Least Concern 

The Blue-crowned Hanging Parrot is a tiny bird, and one of the few native parrot species in Singapore.  The hanging parrots have a unique ability amongst all birds in that they are capable of sleeping while hanging upside down, and while I didn't personally witness this behaviour, they did seem very acrobatic in the way they clambered through the trees to search for food.

Related Species:
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Genus: Loriculus
Subspecies: none - monotypic 

 - Sighting Locations -
SINGAPORE - A fairly common resident
 - CAMBODIA/SINGAPORE 2019 TRIP: A fairly regular sighting in locations with trees

Further Notes: BirdForum Opus, IUCN Red List, RSPB, Wikipedia, Xeno-canto

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