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Buru Racket-tail
Prioniturus mada

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Buru Racket-tail


Buru Racket-tail


32 cm.. length.

The head of the Buru Racket-tail (Prioniturus mada) is bright green, marked in blue-gray dark in the crown and in the nape. The upperparts are green, marked in grisaceo-azul dark in the upper mantle; Uppertail green. Wings green with lesser coverts and bend of wing Dark greyish-blue. Wing feathers green; underside of flight feather. Bluish.

The underparts are yellowish-green, more yellow in undertail-coverts. Upper, the tail green, outer feathers tipped dark blue; light blue, the tail down.

Bill grey; irises dark brown; legs grey.

Female lacks the blue color in the crown, nape and the the mantle; the blue in the bend of wing is smaller; rackets of the tail shorter.

Young without rackets on tail; males with blue in the nape.


Found until the 1600 meters above sea level, in all types of forest habitat, including selective exploitation and secondary high growth areas; also found in cultivated areas remaining trees; most common around 600 m. You often see them in small groups of up to ten birds. Tends to substitute to the Red-checked Parrot at higher elevations.


breeding season from December to February. Up to five young can be raised in a nest.


It feeds on fruits, flowers, berries and seeds.


endemic to the island of Buru, Indonesian. The inclusion of the species as Near-threatened is based on the assumption of a very restricted range above the 1.000 m, but newly published evidence shows that it is common throughout the island with an estimated world population between 189.000-48S.000 birds.



• Current category of the Red List of the UICN: Least concern

• Population trend: Stable

The size of the world population It has not been quantified, It is estimated between 189,000 and 483,000 individuals.

The species is described as common and widespread (pit et to the. 1997).

The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence of any reduction or substantial threats.

"Buru Racket-tail" in captivity:

Not found in captivity.

Alternative names:

Buru Racket-tail, Buru Racket-tailed Parrot, Buru Racquet tail, Buru Racquet-tail, Buru Racquet-tail Parrot, Buru Racquet-tailed Parrot (ingles).
Palette de Buru, Perroquet à raquette de Buru (French).
Madapapagei (German).
Prioniturus mada (Portuguese).
Lorito Momoto de Buru, Lorito-momoto de Buru (español).

scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Prioniturus
Scientific name: Prioniturus mada
Citation: Hartert, E, 1900
Protonimo: Prioniturus mada

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Videos "Buru Racket-tail"


“Buru Racket-tail” (Prioniturus mada)


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


(1) – By Klaus Rudloff (kdrudloff@web.de) – Germany , Weltvogelpark / World Bird Park – Walsrode – biolib
(2) – “Prioniturus mada qtl1” by QuartlOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
(3) – “Prioniturus mada-captive-8a-toc” by Prioniturus_mada_-captive-8a.jpg: Robert01.Original uploader was Robert01 at de.wikipediaderivative work: Snowmanradio (talk) – Transferred from de.wikipedia; transferred to Commons by User:Snowmanradio using Commonshelper.(Original text: selbst fotografiert) to Prioniturus_mada_-captive-8a.jpg. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 of via Wikimedia Commons.
(4) – by jon hornbuckle – BIRDING AROUND THE WORLD
(5) – Prioniturus mada buru racquet tail – link

Sounds: Frank Lambert (Xeno-canto)

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