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Pesquet's Parrot
Psittrichas fulgidus -Miami Zoo, USA-8-2c.jpg
At Miami Zoo, USA
Scientific classification
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Psittrichadini
Genus:
Psittrichas

Lesson, 1831
Species:
P. fulgidus
Binomial name
Psittrichas fulgidus
(Lesson, 1830)

Pesquet's Parrot (Psittrichas fulgidus) also known as the Vulturine Parrot (leading to easy confusion with Pyrilia vulturina from Brazil), is the only member of its genus, and its genus is the only member of the tribe Psittrichadini. It is endemic to hill and montane rainforest in New Guinea.

Description[మార్చు]

At Wilhelma Zoo, Germany

Pesquet's Parrot is a large parrot with a total length of approximately 46 cm (18 in) and a weight of 680–800 g (24–28 oz). Its plumage is black, with greyish scaling to the chest, and a red belly, uppertail coverts and wing-panels. The adult male has a red spot behind the eye, which is not seen in the adult female.[1] Compared to most other parrots it appears unusually small-headed, in part due to the bare black facial skin and the relatively long, hooked bill. This rather vulture-like profile is the reason behind its alternative common name.

Behaviour[మార్చు]

Upper body

Pesquet's Parrot is a highly specialised frugivore, feeding almost exclusively on a few species of figs. Flowers and nectar have also been reported. At least in parts of its range, it is seasonally nomadic in response to the availability of fruits. The bare part of the head is presumably an adaption to avoid feather-matting from sticky fruits. Little is known about its breeding habits in the wild, but the two eggs are laid in a nest in a large, hollow tree. It is typically seen in pairs or groups up to 20 individuals. In flight it alternates between rapid flapping and short glides.

Status[మార్చు]

The feathers of Pesquet's Parrot are highly prized. This combined with high prices in aviculture has resulted in over hunting. Habitat loss also presents an on-going problem. For these reasons, it is evaluated as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The Pesquet's Parrot is listed on Appendix II of CITES.

References[మార్చు]

  1. Forshaw, Joseph M. (2006). Parrots of the World; an Identification Guide. Illustrated by Frank Knight. Princeton University Press. plate 23. ISBN 0691092516.
  • BirdLife International (2004). Psittrichas fulgidus. 2006. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN 2006. www.iucnredlist.org. Retrieved on 11 May 2006. Database entry includes a range map, a brief justification of why this species is vulnerable, and the criteria used.
  • Collar, N.J. (1997). Pesquet's Parrot (Psittrichas fulgidus). Pp. 362 in: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A. & Sargatal, J. eds (1997). Handbook of the Birds of the World. Vol. 4. Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. ISBN 84-87334-22-9.
  • Juniper, T. & Parr, M. (1998). A Guide to the Parrots of the World. Pica Press, East Sussex. ISBN 1-873403-40-2.

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