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Mindoro Racquet-tail
Prioniturus mindorensis

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Mindoro Racquet-tail


Mindoro Racquet-tail


27 cms length.

The Mindoro Racquet-tail (Prioniturus mindorensis) They are closely related to the Blue-crowned Racquet-tail but it is distinguished by the patch crown in the mindorensis it is blue with a slight violet tinge and stands out sharply against the forecrown green; the bill is larger and the rackets are never as long as in adult specimens of the discurus.

-similar female to female Blue-crowned Racquet-tail, but often with violet traces in the patch crown.

Formerly considered conspecific (belonging to the same species) with the Blue-crowned Racquet-tail (Prioniturus discurus).


They can be found in humid lowland forests, most recently being observed records, in groups of birds visiting the IBA Siburan.


No information about their reproductive behavior.


Surely it feeds their congeners fruits, berries, nuts and seeds.


Extending its range (breeding/resident): 12.100 km2

endemic to the Mindoro Island in Philippines.



Rationale for the Red List category: Vulnerable.

Population size: 2500-9999 specimens.

The population trend: In decline.

Rationale for the Red List category

This newly divided species is listed as Vulnerable it is believed to have a small town, which infers that is in decline due to the continuous pressure of capture and loss of habitat.

Justification of the population

The population size of this species has not been formally quantified, but it is estimated preliminarily that has less than 10.000 mature individuals. So, placed in the band 2.500-9.999 mature individuals, which it is supposed equivalent to a total population of 3.750-14.999 individuals, rounded here to 3.500-15.000 approximately. It is presumed that all mature individuals form a single subpopulation.

Justification trend

It is inferred that the population of the species is continuous decrease due to the constant pressure capture and habitat loss (Juniper and Parr 1998).


Little information is available about threats to this species, but it is believed that the continuous capture for pet trade and the continuous loss of habitat through agricultural expansion, timber harvesting and development are causing a negative population trend.

conservation actions

Conservation actions underway

No specific conservation actions are known for this species., although suitable habitat is officially protected.

Conservation Actions Proposed

Surveys to quantify the population.
Study the habitat needs of the species.
Assess the level of threat of capture pressure.
Using remote sensing techniques to track the change in land use in Mindoro.
Carry out awareness activities to reduce trapping activities.

"Mindoro Racquet-tail" in captivity:

Not found in captivity.

Alternative names:

Blue-crowned Racquet-tail (mindorensis), Mindoro Racket-tail, Mindoro Racquet-tail (English).
Palette à couronne bleue (mindorensis), Palette de Mindoro (French).
Mindoro-Spatelschwanzpapagei (German).
Prioniturus mindorensis (Portuguese).
Lorito momoto de Mindoro (español).

scientific classification:

Joseph Beal Steere
Joseph Beal Steere

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Prioniturus
Scientific name: Prioniturus mindorensis
Citation: Steere, 1890
Protonimo: Prioniturus mindorensis

Images "Mindoro Racquet-tail"

“Mindoro Racquet-tail” (Prioniturus mindorensis)


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


(1) – Mindoro Racquet-tail Prioniturus mindorensis (Young bird with no racquets) in Mounts Iglit-Baco National Park, Mindoro, Philippines by Djop Tabaranza Accessible at hbw.com/ibc/1405853.
(2) – Mindoro Racquet-tail (Prioniturus mindorensis) – https://www.hbw.com/species/mindoro-racquet-tail-prioniturus-mindorensis

Sounds: Desmond Allen, XC79225. accessible www.xeno-canto.org/79225.

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