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Crimson Shining Parrot - BirdForum Opus

Photo by martinuk
Matava Resort, Kadavu, Fiji, April 2017
Prosopeia splendens


45 cm (17¾ in)

  • Crimson head, breast and belly
  • Broad blue collar
  • Green back, wings and tail
  • Some blue in the wings

Female has a smaller bill

Similar Species

Very similar to Red Shining Parrot.


Endemic to Kadavu and Ono islands, Fiji. Has been introduced to the main island of Viti Levu; current status there is uncertain. Previously introduced to Tonga.


This is a monotypic species[1], which in the past has been considered a subspecies of Red Shining Parrot.


Mangroves and mountain forest canopy but also down to sea level in secondary growth and disturbed area as well as in village areas.


Often found in groups or breeding pairs.
Can also be seen flying over open areas.


Most often in canopy feeding on fruits and seeds that it easily tears apart with the powerful bill.


Easily identified by its raucous call.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2016. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: v2016, with updates to August 2016. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved May 2017)
  3. Wikipedia

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