CHAR­AC­TER­IS­TICS AND BE­HAV­IOR

Animal Scene - - ANIMALS 101 -

As one can glean from its name, the main iden­ti­fy­ing marker of the blu­e­naped par­rot is the light blue col­or­ing on its rear crown and head―in con­trast to its green body washed with blue on its back, red beak, me­dian wing coverts tinged with yel­low and or­ange, and black­ish un­der­wings. It is a medi­um­sized bird, with an av­er­age size of 31 cm and weight range of 200-230 g. There are three rec­og­nized sub­species, each marked by slight de­vi­a­tions in color. T.l. lu­cio­nen­sis, na­tive to Luzon, Min­doro, and other north­ern Philip­pine is­lands, bears the typ­i­cal color mark­ings. Found in Po­lillo and other is­lands in the Luzon group­ing, T.l. hy­bridus’s rear crown is green, the back of its head col­ored a lighter shade of blue tinged with vi­o­let. T.l. ta­laut­en­sis lacks the blue mark­ings on its back. Blue-naped par­rots travel in flocks of a dozen birds or less, and― ac­cord­ing to the World Par­rot Trust― are “of­ten found in the com­pany of Golden-man­tled Rac­quet-tails.” The flock shares a com­mu­nal roost, and takes dawn and dusk flights be­tween the roost­ing and feed­ing ar­eas. Their diet con­sists of nuts, seeds, berries, and grain (if re­sid­ing in farm­land or other sim­i­lar habi­tats). Breed­ing sea­son oc­curs from April to June, with the par­rots mak­ing a nest in a tree hole to lay their eggs. Each clutch con­sists of two or three eggs, broadly el­lip­ti­cal in shape and with an av­er­age size of 38.5 x 27 mil­lime­ters.

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