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Royal Parrotfinch - BirdForum Opus

Photo by Ian_M Location: Vanuatu
Erythrura regia

Identification

11 cm. Male has a bright red head and tail, blue breast and turquoise-green upperparts, while females are greener in colour. Young Royal Parrotfinches are duller with dull blue head.

Distribution

Vanuatu.

Taxonomy

Three subspecies recognized:

  • E. r. regia in northern Vanuatu and Banks Group
  • E. r. efatensis on Efate (Vanuatu)
  • E. r. serena on Aneityum (Vanuatu)

efatensis and serena were formerly included in Red-headed Parrotfinch.
There is much confusion with identifying these species and their races, as the young take up to 20 months to reach full adult plumage with several intermediate colour stages.

Habitat

Photo by Ian_M
Location: Vanuatu (New Hebrides). This bird is a subadult.

Primary and secondary rainforest.

Behaviour

Staple diet consists of the seeds of small figs.

References

  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Dickinson EC (ed.) 2003. The Howard & Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3rd ed. Princeton Univ. Press, Princeton, NJ, USA. ISBN 9780691117010

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