Pesquet's Parrot

Pesquet's Parrot

Dracula parrot, Vulturine parrot

Kingdom
Phylum
Class
Family
Genus
SPECIES
Psittrichas fulgidus
Population size
20-50 thou
Life Span
40 yrs
WEIGHT
680-800 g
LENGTH
46 cm

The Pesquet's parrot is a large unique-looking parrot that can be found only in New Guinea. it is the only member of its genus. Its plumage is black, with greyish scaling to the chest, and a red belly, upper tail coverts, and wing panels. The adult male has a red spot behind the eye, which is not seen in the adult female. Compared to most other parrots it appears unusually small-headed, in part due to the bare black facial skin and the relatively long, hooked bill. This rather vulture-like profile is the reason behind its alternative common name.

Distribution

Pesquet's parrots are native to New Guinea where they inhabit the hill and montane rainforest.

Geography

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Climate zones

Habits and Lifestyle

Pesquet's parrots are active during the day and usually seen in pairs or groups of up to 20 individuals. They are quite a noisy spending time feeding, flying in above the canopy, or rest in the higher branches of trees. These birds are strong flyers and in flight, they alternate between rapid flapping and short glides. Pesquet's parrots are sedentary but in some parts of their range, they can perform some seasonal movements in response to the availability of fruits.

Seasonal behavior

Diet and Nutrition

Pesquet's parrots are highly specialized frugivores, eating almost exclusively a few species of figs. They may also feed on blossoms, flowers, and nectar.

Mating Habits

INCUBATION PERIOD
27-31 days
FEMALE NAME
hen
MALE NAME
cock
BABY NAME
chick
BABY CARRYING
2 eggs

Little is known about the breeding habits of Pesquet's parrots in the wild. Typically they lay two eggs in a nest in a large, hollow tree. The female incubates the eggs for about 27-31 days while the male feeds her at this time. Chicks hatch naked, blind, and helpless.

Population

Population threats

The main threat to the Pesquet's parrot is hunting for its highly prized feathers, for the cage bird trade, and for food. Habitat loss due to deforestation is another serious threat to this species.

Population number

According to the IUCN Red List, the total population size of the Pesquet's parrot is 20,000-49,999 mature individuals. Currently, this species is classified as Vulnerable (VU) on the IUCN Red List but its numbers today are decreasing.

References

1. Pesquet's Parrot on Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pesquet%27s_parrot
2. Pesquet's Parrot on The IUCN Red List site - https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/22685025/118772050

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