Blue Rumped Parrot - Psittinus Cyanurus - Least Concern
A genus of parrot in the family Psittaculidae. It is usually considered to include a single species, the blue-rumped parrot (Psittinus cyanurus), but the large subspecies P. c. abbotti is sometimes elevated to species rank as the Simeulue parrot (P. abbotti). Genetic analysis has supported reclassifying both species under the genus Psittacula.
The blue-rumped parrot (Psittinus cyanurus) is a parrot found in the very southern tip of Myanmar, peninsular Thailand, Malaysia, Borneo, Sumatra and nearby islands. It is a small parrot (18 cm) and is primarily green with bright red underwing coverts, a reddish shoulder patch, and yellowish margins on the wing coverts. It is sexually dimorphic. The female has a grey-brown head. The male has a black mantle, red upper mandible, and blue head and rump.
It was the only member of the genus Psittinus although Birdlife International recognised the subspecies abbottii as a separate species the Simeulue parrot.
There are two subspecies:
P. c. cyanurus: Burma, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Borneo, Sumatra.
P. c. pontius: Mentawi Islands southwards from Siberut. Larger than the nominate subspecies.
It is found in lowland forests, generally below 700 m, in forest, open woodland, orchards and plantations, mangroves, dense scrub, and coconut groves. It occurs in flocks up to 20 birds. They eat seeds, fruit and blossoms.
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