Singing Parrot (Geoffroyus heteroclitus) - Exotic birds | Pets

    Posted by pets | 4 March 2015

    - Geoffroyus heteroclitus

    Parrot Heteroclito


    Of 25 cm.. length and a weight between 160 and 195 g..

    The Singing Parrot (Geoffroyus heteroclitus) they have bright pale yellow head. A large blue-gray band adorns the back of the neck and gradually fades in green on the mantle. The throat is bluish grey. All the upper parts are light green. The medium-sized coverts are reddish brown spots. You can see the pale yellow stripes on the internal threads of flight feathers. The underside is bright blue. The upper part of the breast is greyish blue, contrast with the rest of the underparts, that are of a much lighter green back. The upper part of the tail is green. The lower part of the tail is grey, but with a light yellow color on the external threads of the outer tail feathers.

    The upper mandible is pale yellow, dark grey lower jaw. The iris is yellow, legs greenish grey.

    The sexes are dimorphic. The female has a completely dark peak. Yellow head and greyish blue collar home are absent. In its place, the CAP is grey and the cheeks are brownish Green.

    Immature show more green in the head than the females. Its beak is pale and his dark irises.

    • Sound of the Singing Parrot.

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    • Geoffroyus heteroclitus heteroclitus – The nominal
    • Geoffroyus heteroclitus hyacinthinus – Males have purplish gray neck.

    The Singing Parrot they frequent humid lowlands, undisturbed, Hills generally below and of the 600 meters up to a maximum of 1.760 meters in the South of New Ireland . They are also partially cleared areas, at the edge of forests, in stands of trees in regeneration and in gardens.

    Birds, often, they are heard when they make calls from the exposed or isolated trees, or view flying rapidly above the canopy.

    They are alone, in pairs, or having relationships in small groups. There have been next to the Cardinal Lory and the Duchess Lorikeet and Bougainville. Often quiet and hard to detect when remain perched among the dense foliage.


    The nest is a hole dug by the female in a dead stump or rotten tree, but nothing more is known of the ecology of the species breeding.


    The diet includes seeds, fruit, flowers and buds.


    The Singing Parrot they are endemic in the Solomon Islands and Bismarck Archipelago. These birds are found in the following Islands: Umboi, New Britain, Lolobau, Duke of York, New Ireland, New Hanover, Tabar, Lihir, Buka, Bougainville (Papua New Guinea). It can also be seen in Choiseul, Santa Isabel, San Jorge, Malaita, New Georgia, Guadalcanal and all the small islands of Rennell (Solomon Islands).

    Distribution of subspecies:

    • Geoffroyus heteroclitus heteroclitus – The nominal.
    • Geoffroyus heteroclitus hyacinthinus – Present only in the Rennell island.
    Current IUCN Red list category: Unrecognized

    The world's population is generally estimated at something less than 100.000 copies.

    The subspecies that lives in Rennell Island is between 5.000 and 20.000 birds.

    The Singing Parrot It suffers from the degradation of habitat throughout its area of distribution, but is not in danger.

    In captivity:

    Extremely shy and susceptible; they may die suddenly without discernible cause, possibly due to stress and improper diet.

    Not commonly found in poultry.

    Alternative names:

    - Singing Parrot, Song Parrot (ingles).
    - Perruche hétéroclite, Eclectus hétéroclite, Éclectus hétéroclite (francés).
    - Bismarckpapagei (alemán).
    - Geoffroyus heteroclitus (portugués).
    - Lorito Cantor, Lorito Heteróclito (español).

    Scientific classification:

    - Orden: Psittaciformes
    - Familia: Psittaculidae
    - Genus: Geoffroyus
    - Nombre científico: Geoffroyus heteroclitus
    - Citation: (Hombron & Jacquinot, 1841)
    - Protónimo: Psittacus Geoffroyi heteroclitus


    Singing Parrot (Geoffroyus heteroclitus)


    – Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
    – Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr


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