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Pesquet's Parrot - BirdForum Opus

Alternative name: Vulturine Parrot (not to be confused with Pyrilia vulturina )

Photo by mehdhalaouate
Taja, Papua, Indonesia, October 2005
Psittrichas fulgidus


46 cm (18 in), 690-800 g (24-28 oz).


Female in flight
Photo by mehdhalaouate
Taja, Papua, Indonesia, September 2006


  • Lacks the faint red patch behind the eye
  • Slightly smaller


  • The red is duller
  • Chick has yellowish white down

Similar Species

  • Palm Cockatoo is black with a red face patch and large beak.
  • Female Papuan Eclectus has scarlet head and bluish body.
  • Crows are black with straighter beaks.


Mountains of New Guinea.


This species is monotypic[1]


Primary and seconday forest from 500m to 1800m. Sometimes down to 30 m and up to nearly 2000 m



Specialises on mainly eating figs, but also feed on mangos, climbing pandanus, nectar and flowers of Freycinetia mangospandans This species has a low protein diet, thought to be enhanced by the ingestion of fruit eating wasps.


Nests in large hollow in trees at 12 m above the ground and lined with wood. The entrance is partially camouflaged by climbing plants. Breeding observed in February, April and May with juveniles fledged during December. 2 eggs laid, both usually successfully fledge. The male provides food for the female.


A loud guttural screech "aaar" or "caar", which can be heard some distance away. Higher and weaker than the Sulphur-crested Cockatoo. Also a double call, first part guttural and rough, the second part rising, nasal and pinched. Pairs stay in contact over distance using harsh rasping calls to defend the fruit trees within their territory.


  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. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved November 2015)

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