Matomo-Image-Tracker Psittaciformes - Tanygnathus - Blue Naped


Blue-Naped Parrot - Tanygnathus Lucionensis - Near Threatened

The blue-naped parrot (Tanygnathus lucionensis), also known as the blue-crowned green parrot, Luzon parrot, the Philippine green parrot, and locally known as pikoy, is a parrot found throughout the Philippines.

Description: This is a medium size parrot, around 31 cm (12 in) in length, primarily green except for a light blue rear crown and nape, pale blue lower back and rump, scalloped shoulders with orange-brown on black coverts, and blackish underwings with green underwing coverts.

Distribution and ecology: The species is widespread throughout the Philippines, including the Talaud Islands and islands off north and east Borneo (with introduced population in Borneo itself, e.g. Kota Kinabalu). It is found in secondary forest, at forest edges and in plantations at elevations of up to 1000 m. Flock size is usually under a dozen. The blue-naped parrot feeds on mangoes, berries, seeds, nuts and grains. It nests in tree holes.

There are four subspecies:

Tanygnathus lucionensis lucionensis: Luzon and Mindoro
Tanygnathus lucionensis hybridus: Polillo Islands. Blue on crown less extensive, tinged with violet. More green on wing coverts.
Tanygnathus lucionensis salvadorii: Rest of Philippines
Tanygnathus lucionensis talautensis: Talaud

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