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Alternative name: Buru Racket-tail

Photo by James Eaton
Buru, Indonesia, October 2012
Prioniturus mada


32 cm. Medium largely green parrot which may show tail spatules or racquets.

  • overall medium green
  • underparts slightly paler green
  • crissum and lower below belly yellow or yellowish
  • bill silvery grey with a dark tip to the upper mandible: lower mandible variably darker especially around the cutting edge. The silvery upper mandible is apparent at a distance
  • under tail blue
  • adult's tail with short to medium spatules or racquets: bare feather shafts with spoon-shaped tips

Male with rear of head, nape upper mantle and scapulars powder blue to deeper blue colour (often described as "purple"). Female with blue reduced to a hint on the hind neck.


Indonesia: found in the montane forests of Buru (southern Moluccas)


This is a monotypic species[1].


Moist lowland forests, mangrove forests, and montanes.



  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2015. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2015, with updates to August 2015. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Wikipedia

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