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Photo by SeeToh
Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore, September 2012
Psittacula longicauda


Photo by CSKhaw
Perak, Malaysia, January 200

40–48 cm (15¾-19 in)
Male has mostly green overall plumage with long purplish-blue tail-streamers, bright red bill, reddish-pink head-sides and nape, deep green crown and broad black malar band.
Female resembles male but has shorter tail-streamers, brownish bill, greenish nape, dark green malar band and reddish-pink supercilium.
Juvenile resembles female but has less red on head, indistinct malar band and no tail-streamers.


Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Sumatra, Indonesian islands.



There are 5 subspecies[1]:

  • P. l. tytleri Andaman Islands
  • P. l. nicobarica Nicobar Islands
  • P. l. longicauda S Malay Pen., Borneo, Sumatra, Nias, Bangka and Anambas is.
  • P. l. modesta Enggano I. (off sw Sumatra)
  • P. l. defontainei Natuna Islands (off w Borneo)




  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/

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