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Wallace's hanging parrot
Loriculus flosculus

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Wallace's hanging parrot



11 to 12 cm.. length.

The head of the Wallace's hanging parrot (Loriculus flosculus) is green. Upperparts green with faint orange on the back of the neck; rump and uppertail-coverts red.

Wings green above. Chin red; rest of the underparts green, lighter in undertail-coverts. The tail, at the top, green color with a lighter Green Tip; ends of the lateral feathers, orange-red: Under, the tail bluish green. The bill red; Orange the irises; legs yellowish-orange.

Female with red chin reduced or nonexistent.

Immature with the red chin smaller. The color of the bill and legs more off.


Seem to need the humid mountain forests semi-evergreen. Birds have been seen in fruit trees, and outside the breeding season they gather in small flocks of up to 20 birds. Its altitudinal distribution seems to be closely linked to the distribution of fruiting figs.

They easily unnoticed due to its small size and green plumage, and they are most often in flight when they can be identified by the size, strident calls and the buzz of the rapid flapping. They are most frequently, flying above the canopy.


There are no data from the reproductive process in nature.


Most sightings in 1993, the Wallace's hanging parrot they were in the fig tree in fruit trees, and dependence or specialization in this food resource is more than likely.
Its diet includes, In addition, nectar, outbreaks, flowers and seeds.


Size of its range (reproduction / resident): 13.400 km2

Endemic to Flowers. Found at semi-annual primary forest at an altitude between 400 and 980 m (more between 850 and 980 meters during the fructification of the Ficus figs) during observations on 1993. These birds were recorded in the area of Tanjung Kerita Mese, about Paku, to the East of Flowers and proposed as protected area.



• Current IUCN Red List category: Danger

• Population trend: Decreasing

The habitat destruction through the combined effects of collecting firewood, the logging, timber extraction for construction materials and authorization for Agriculture, together they represent more relevant threats. Loss and fragmentation of forests is already widespread in Flowers, where there are semi-annual forest below 1.000 meters included within officially protected areas. These threats are exacerbated by the expansion of human population, with large volumes of wood necessary for housing construction, and the fact that there is little or no government enforcement of laws. Wet deciduous forest, it is currently being extensively destroyed through land grabbing and the establishment of agricultural areas., a factor that is inevitably shrinking the reach and the population of this species. Forest clearing continues on the coastal strip to make way for crops, and illegal logging continues in protected areas.

The population is estimated at a number of 2,500-9,999 mature individuals based on an assessment of the known records, descriptions of the abundance and range size.

Two recent studies have focused on endemic birds of Flowers. Two sites in which inhabits this species for the establishment as protected areas are proposed: Tanjung Kerita Mese and Egon Iliwuli (in Gunung Egon).

"Wallace's hanging parrot" in captivity:

Very rare in captivity.

Alternative names:

Wallace’s Hanging-Parrot, Flores Hanging-Parrot, Wallace’s Hanging Parrot (ingles).
Coryllis de Wallace (French).
Florespapageichen, Flores Papageichen (German).
Lorículo do Flores (Portuguese).
Lorículo de Flores (español).

scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Loriculus
Scientific name: Loriculus flosculus
Citation: Wallace, 1864
Protonimo: Loriculus flosculus



Wallace's hanging parrot (Loriculus flosculus)


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


(1) – by © Hanom Bashari – Oriental Bird Club

Sounds: Allen T. Chartier (Xeno-canto)

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