Philippine hanging parrot

Philippine hanging parrot

Loriculus philippensis

The Philippine hanging parrot is also widely known as the colasisi taken from its local Tagalog name, "kulasisi". It is a small parrot species of the family Psittaculidae. It includes about eleven subspecies, which are all native to only the Philippines; however, the exact taxonomy is unclear, and at least one of the subspecies might become split off and become a separate species if further research provides clarification. While it is listed as Least Concern in IUCN, some sub-species may already be possibly extinct such as the chyrsonotus sub-species in Cebu and the siquijorensis sub-species in Siquijor. Threats include habitat loss but its biggest threat is trapping as pets for the illegal wildlife trade where they are often sold in streets and online selling groups. They are mainly green with areas of red, orange, yellow, and blue varying between subspecies. Only the males have a red area on their fronts, except for the population living on Camiguin, where neither male nor female have this red area. They make nests in tree holes and, unusually for a parrot, the female takes nesting material back to the nest.

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1. Philippine hanging parrot Wikipedia article -
2. Philippine hanging parrot on The IUCN Red List site -
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