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Photo © by Peter Ericsson
Taman Negara, Malaysia, August 2006
Loriculus galgulus


Photo © by jweeyh
Singapore, 4 October 2021

A small green parrot (length: 5 ins, 13cm)
The male has the blue crown, a red throat patch, red rump and a yellow-orange patch on the nape.
The female has no red throat patch, but does have a minimal blue crown and yellow-orange nape patch. Bill is black.
Juveniles are as adult female, but with a gray forehead washed with blue; blue crown and yellow-orange nape absent; rump is green with feathers margined red. Bill is yellow-brown.


Southern Thailand, Malay Peninsula, Sumatra, Borneo and adjacent islands

Sometimes kept as a cage bird, but captive status is uncommon.


Immature male
Photo © by Karim Madoya
Tg. Aru, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, June, 2005

This is a monotypic species[1].


Primary and secondary rainforest from the lowlands to low hills.


Usually seen in small groups, flying rapidly with very fast wing beats, high above the treeline.

Feeds by hanging upside down from the branches and also hangs to sleep! Its small size and green plumage make it difficult to see.


Its diet includes flowers, buds, fruits (particularly rambutans), nuts and seeds, which it finds in the tops of tall forest trees.


Nesting: lays 3-4 eggs in a tree cavity. Incubation is done by the female, who will be fed by the male; it takes about 21 days and the young fledge after 35 days.


It calls frequently in flight, with a high-pitched dzi.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. BF Member observations

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