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Tanygnathus everetti



  • Mostly green
  • Head, wings and tail dark green
  • Belly and collar light green
  • Mantle/back blue
  • Wings with blue at bends, yellow-edged coverts
  • Rump blue
  • Iris red


  • Bill red


  • Bill pale yellow or horn


Southeast Asia : found in the Philippines.


Currently, two species exist with the names of Blue-backed Parrot and Azure-rumped Parrot. These were formerly considered one species, but some authorities used one of these names and others used the other for the combined species.


Clements recognizes these subspecies[1]:

  • T. e. duponti:
  • T. e. freeri:
  • T. e. everetti:
  • T. e. burbidgii:
  • Sulu Archipelago

The first 4 of these (duponti, freeri, everetti, burbidgii) may be split as Blue-backed Parrot (strict sense, T. everetti), with a red iris and a blue back: in this case sangirensis and sumatranus become Azure-rumped Parrot (T. sumatranus: green back and yellow iris).


Forests and culivated areas up to 800m.


The diet includes crops such as corn.


  1. Clements, J. F., P. C. Rasmussen, T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, A. Spencer, S. M. Billerman, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2023. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2023. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F, D Donsker, and P Rasmussen (Eds). 2023. IOC World Bird List (v 13.2). Doi 10.14344/IOC.ML.13.2. http://www.worldbirdnames.org/
  3. Collar, N. and P. F. D. Boesman (2023). Blue-backed Parrot (Tanygnathus everetti), version 1.0. In Birds of the World (J. del Hoyo, A. Elliott, J. Sargatal, D. A. Christie, and E. de Juana, Editors). Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Ithaca, NY, USA. https://doi.org/10.2173/bow.azrpar8.01
  4. Wikipedia

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