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Luzon Racquet-tail
Prioniturus montanus


Luzon Racquet-tail


23 centimeters long, not to mention their racquets, and a weight between 100 and 140 g..

The Luzon Racquet-tail (Prioniturus montanus) has the head of color green with a strong diffusion of color blue turquoise in the face; point red in the center of the crown. Upperparts dull green. Wings green, vane outside of the flight feather, green; vane grey internal, Yellow-edged; networks internal of secondary marked in color yellow pale.

green wing feathers, bottom of bluish flight feathers; paler in network interiors to secondary internal. The underparts more green beige that the area of the back. Upper, the tail green in the center, black blue at the ends laterally; undertail, dark, blue margin to vane inner; spatulas blackish.

Bill blue; irises dark brown; legs black blue.

Female lacks of the point red and has less blue on the crown; rackets also shorter.

Young have tail Central with extensions of feathers narrow. Pens eventually lost beards to leave spatulas.


Little-known. Is distributed in the moist montane forests at altitudes ranging between the 850 and 2.000 m.


The breeding season you have registered in the months of August and September. A nest was observed in the stump of an oak high (Quercus) at a height between 3 and 4 meters above the ground.


The birds feed on seeds, fruit, berries and nuts, and there have also been incursions into fields in the company of the Green Racquet-tail.


Size of the area of distribution (reproduction / resident): 10.400 km2

Endemic to Luzon. Being common in the Cordillera Central (for example, area Mount Pulag) and Sierra Madre, but threatened by the capture and loss of habitat in other places. The population world is inferior to 10.000 specimens.



• Current category of the Red List of the UICN: Near threatened

• Population trend: Decreasing

Lambert et to the. (1993) estimated a maximum of 10.000 individuals.

The population is suspected of being in decline due to destruction of habitat, hunting and capture for the cage bird trade.

Conservation Actions Proposed:

Calculate loss of forests within its altitudinal range in Luzon. Estimate the remaining area of suitable habitat and, through surveys, produce an estimate of density to permit calculation of the size of its population. Protect effectively important tracts of forest right in key places, both in the areas of strict protection. as in multi-use areas.

"Luzon Racquet-tail" in captivity:

Its breeding in captivity is unknown..

Alternative names:

Luzon Racquet-tail, Luzon Montane Racquet-tail, Montane Racket-tail, Montane Racquet-tail, Montane Racquet-tail (nominal form), Montane Racquet-tail (nominate), Mountain Racket-tailed Parrot, Mountain Racquet-tailed Parrot (ingles).
Palette momot, Palette momot (nominal), Palette momot (nominale), Palette momot (race nominale) (French).
Motmotpapagei (German).
Prioniturus montanus (Portuguese).
Lorito momoto Montano, Lorito-momoto Montano (español).

scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Prioniturus
Scientific name: Prioniturus montanus
Citation: Ogilvie-Grant, 1895
Protonimo: Prioniturus montanus


“Luzon Racquet-tail” (Prioniturus montanus)


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


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Sounds: Romeo B. Galang, Jr (Xeno-canto)

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