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Alternative names: Yellow-breasted Racket-tail; Yellowish-breasted Racket-tail; Minahasa Racquet-tail

Prioniturus flavicans
Photo by Rob Hutchinson
Location: Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia
Photo by mehdhalaouate
Photo taken: North Sulawesi.


37 cm. Large (around 10 cm larger than the other species of Racquet-tail on Sulawesi), mostly yellowish green parrot with pale bill. May show tail spatules or racquets.

  • overall medium green
  • crown green or green with red spot on blue patch (see gender differences)
  • nape, chest and rest of underparts paler, tawny golden yellow to yellowish (see gender differences)
  • crissum yellowish green
  • undertail blue
  • tail of adult with medium or long spatules / racquets (see gender differences)
  • bill pale silvery grey
  • eye dark


  • crown with red spot placed forward on blue patch
  • nape, mantle, chest deeper tawny golden
  • tail racquets long


  • crown with no blue/red (green)
  • nape, mantle, chest paler more yellow
  • tail racquets medium (sometimes short)


Endemic to northern Sulawesi, Bangka, Lembeh and Togian islands. Lowlands. South East Asia: Indonesia: Greater Sundas.




Mid-storey lowland and hill forest.


They gather in fruit trees.

They nest in cavities in the rootball of arboreal epiphytic ferns. Both parents care for the young.


  1. Clements, JF. 2008. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to December 2008. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019.

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