RE­GION AND HABI­TAT

Animal Scene - - ANIMALS 101 -

Known lo­cally as ‘pikoy’, the blue-naped par­rot is na­tive to the Philip­pines—where it has been sighted in at least 45 is­lands—and in the Talaud Is­lands of In­done­sia. One sub­species, T.l. ta­laut­en­sis, was in­tro­duced to Sangihe Is­land in In­done­sia, some is­lands north and east of North Sabah and Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia. Other com­mon names for the bird in­clude Blue-crowned Green Par­rot, Luzon Par­rot, and Philip­pine Green Par­rot. Ac­cord­ing to the In­ter­na­tional Union for Con­ser­va­tion of Na­ture Red List data­base, the blue-naped par­rot can be found in open and closed for­est for­ma­tions; ‘open’ refers to forests with only 10-40 per­cent tree cover, while ‘closed’ refers to those with a tree cover that ex­ceeds 40 per­cent. The species can also thrive in man-made growths such as lightly tim­bered farm­land, co­conut plan­ta­tions, and banana patches, as well as in man­groves. A com­mon el­e­ment among these dis­parate habi­tats is that they all lie in low­land and coastal ar­eas, or in el­e­va­tions reach­ing up to 1000 me­ters.

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