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Loriculus philippensis

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Loriculo Filipino




14 cm.. length and a weight between 31 and 40 g..

The head of the Colasisi (Loriculus philippensis) is bright green with a patch of narrow Scarlet color on the front of the Crown, bordered orange-red color on the back edge; yellowish-green Chin: narrow collar on the back of the Orange and red neck, with a wash light yellowish in the neck.

Bright green upperparts with dark crimson rump and uppertail coverts (lower sides of light blue). Bright green wings with vane internal to the darker flight feathers. Under, the wings of turquoise-blue with the exception of the outermost coverts which are green. Bright red throat Center, merging to red-orange in the center of the chest (yellow on the bases of feathers); rest of the lower region of bright green, lighter and more yellow than the upper region. Upper, the green tail; Blue below.

Coral red beak; dark brown irises; dark orange legs.

The female has a face marked in blue and does not have the Red bib, that is replaced by a greenish yellow colour wash. The female Crown is washed in yellow-orange (stronger than in the male).

Young birds have a more off Crown and paler beak.

Subspecies description
  • Loriculus philippensis apicalis

    (Souance 1856): Two aberrant samples previously attributed to theLoriculus salvadorii. They are larger, with less red on the Crown, more blue on the tail, and darker green colour. All the Crown of this subspecies is Scarlet, merging in Orange on the back of the neck and orange on the mantle in both sexes (duller in females). Bright red in the hip and more orange on the top.

  • Loriculus (philippensis) bonapartei

    (Souance 18563): You have the back of the head with pronunciation orange hue, Pico black and grey legs.

  • Loriculus philippensis bournsi

    (McGregor 1905): The male with red only in the front and light yellow area in the center of the Crown (female much less yellow on the Crown), upper part of the Crown of the male less yellow shows that the L. p. Regulus. Orange line on the nape of the male is less clear in the female. Female with less blue in the face that the nominal species.

  • Loriculus philippensis chrysonotus

    (Sclater, PL 1872): Frontal area and rest of the crown bright red that extends in golden yellow color on the mantle, and showing a fine reddish collar on the back of the neck. Male with more orange in the lower part of the throat patch. The female Crown similar but less marked.

  • Loriculus philippensis dohertyi

    (Hartert 1906): Maybe more orange in the mantle, but hardly different to the L. p. apicalis.

  • Loriculus philippensis mindorensis

    (Steere 1890): Orange-yellow on the neck line. Crown Green. More extensive turquoise patch on both sides of the rump.

  • Loriculus philippensis philippensis

    (Statius Müller 1776): Nominal

  • Loriculus philippensis regulus

    (Souance 1856): Similar to the L. p. bournsi but male with much more yellow on the Crown (female shows a more subdued yellow broadcast, but more than in the previous race). Nape line weaker than in the bournsi. Male with more Scarlet patch.

  • Loriculus philippensis siquijorensis

    (Steere 1890): Male with less red bib and the red spot of the largest Crown than in the nominal species. Back of the Green Crown. Falata neck mark. Female with more blue in the face.

  • Loriculus philippensis worcesteri

    (Steere 1890): Male Scarlet throat patch smaller than that in the L. p. chrysonotus. Both sexes show a more extensive Crown of orange-red in the rear margin. There is a small patch on the back of the neck of orange color and a light reddish color in the mantle of diffusion.

  • Loriculus (philippensis) camiguinensis

    (Tello, JG 2006): has mainly green plumage, with throat, front side of the face and thighs of azure-blue; the front, the pileus, the obispillo and the top of the red tail, While the rest of the tail is blue. Males and females are identical in appearance, What is unusual in others Philippine parrots, Since only males of other species have red forehead.


The species is found along the edges of the forest, secondary growth, Bamboo forests, areas cultivated near villages, orchards and plantations of coconut. The birds are alone, in pairs or in family groups, sometimes in small flocks, sometimes with other birds.


The breeding season has been recorded from April to August.. Three eggs are deposited and incubated by the female during 20 days, the young leave the nest in five weeks.


They feed in the upper levels of flowering plants or fruit trees, sometimes at lower levels, flower, nectar, fruit (including figs) and seeds, sometimes intoxicated by consumption of fermented coconut nectar (coconuts).


Limited to the Philippines (less the Sulu archipelago), where are widespread and resident except in Palawan. Its abundance varies according to the subspecies.. In general, the species is locally common up to 1000 meters above sea level, but have been recorded at altitudes of up to 2.500 m (Mount Apo, Mindanao).

Subspecies distribution



– Current IUCN Red List category: Least concern

– The population trend: Decreasing

The world population is considered to be above the 20,000 exemplary but decreasing due to loss of habitat. The subspecies Mindoro is considered as threatened, and both subspecies of Cebu as Siquijor, are nearly extinct the loss of habitat (as these birds are commonly caged and traded between islands, contemporary records of birds from Siquijor they require confirmation to determine whether they refer to the breeds).

The combined population of Mindoro, Sibuyan, Blacks, Surigao del Sur, Tables, Romblon, Masbate, Ticao, Cuimaras and Basilan (subspecies L. p. mindorensis, L. p. bournsi, L. p. Regulus and L. p. dohertyi) probably add in total not more than 5.000 birds.

"Colasisi" in captivity:

Very rare.

Alternative names:

Colasisi, Philippine Hanging-parrot (ingles).
Coryllis des Philippines (French).
Philippinenpapageichen (German).
Loriculus philippensis (Portuguese).
Lorículo Filipino (español).

scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Scientific name: Loriculus philippensis
Genus: Loriculus
Citation: (Statius Müller, 1776)
Protonimo: Psittacus philippensis

Images “Colasisi”:

Videos "Colasisi"


“Colasisi” (Loriculus philippensis)


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


(1) – a female perched. by iggino – lynx
(2) – Birds-pet-wallpapers – link
(3) – Loriculus philippensis camiguinensis (Author AlexKant) – Crocolandia Foundation – ZooChat
(4) – Loriculus p. apicalis, male, By iggino – lynx
(5) – tapety-papousci

Sounds: David Edwards (Xeno-canto)

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