Luzon Racquet-tail Parrots or Mountain Racket-tailed Parrots

Racket-tailed Parrots

Luzon Racket-tailed ParrotsDistribution / Status in the Wild:

The Luzon Racquet-tail Parrot - aka Palette Momot, Lorito-momoto Montano or Mountain Racket-tailed Parrot - is native to the island of Luzon, Philippines. This bird species inhabits subtropical or tropical moist montanes. The nominate as well as the sub-species are endangered in their natural habitat and not known in aviculture or in the pet trade (Cites II).

Sub-Species / Races Including Nominate:



Average length is 12 ins (30 cm); wing length 6 - 6.75 ins (152 - 172 mm).


The general plumage is green. The throat, breast and abdomen are slightly more yellowish-green. The forehead, front of crown, lores (the regions between the eyes and bill on the side of a bird's head) and foreparts of cheeks are dull blue with bases of all feathers green. They have a large red patch to the back of crown. In some birds, the back may have an olive-green tinge. The underside of the flight feathers and the tail are greenish-blue. The upperside is green with middle two feathers elongated with blackish-blue spatule-shaped end-ings. The outer tail-feathers are green with blackish tips. The bill is of a bluish-horn colour with whitish tips. The irises are dark brown and the feet bluish-grey.


Female completely green and on average shorter tail; forehead and eye area with strong blue tinge.


The immatures look like the females, but without the spatule-shaped endings. They attain their adult plumage after about two years.



Species: Scientific: Prioniturus montanus montanus ... English: Mountain Racket-tailed Parrot ... Dutch: Bergvlagstaartpapegaai ... German: Gebirgs Spatelschwanzpapagei ... French: Perroquet à raquettes tacheté d'montes Luzon



Mindanao Racket-tailed Parrots aka Waterstradt's Racket-tailed Parrots

Status in the Wild / Distribution: CITES II - Endangered ... Distribution: Mounts Apo, Katanglad, McKinley on Mindanao in the Philippines. They can be found in mountain forest and open areas with remnant forest between 850 m (2,800 ft) and 2,300 m (7,700 ft); regularly visits rice paddies. They are only common in localities because of deforestation. They are .usually observed singly, in pairs or in small flocks flying high or foraging in trees. They are noisy and conspicuous in flight. Excellently camouflaged in trees and difficult to detect. They often feed in groups with other birds, such as pigeons and other parrot species.

They are unknown in aviculture and the pet trade.

Description: The Mindanao Racket-tailed Parrot average 11 ins (28 cm) in length. This species looks very similar to the nominate form described above - the Mountain Racket-tailed Parrot - except that it is smaller and has some color differences, such as a blue tinge to forehead and a paler and fainter eye area. The lores (the regions between the eyes and bill on the side of a bird's head) and cheeks are greenish-blue and they lack the red patch on the back of green crown. The back and rump have a brownish tinge and the bend of the wing is washed with blue.

Both males and females look alike.

They are active, but quiet in trees. In flight, their can be very noisy with a penetrating and shrill call..

Taxonomy: Species: Scientific: Prioniturus waterstradti aka Prioniturus discurus waterstradti / montanus waterstradti ... English: Mindanao Racket-tailed Parrot ... Dutch: Mindanao Vlagstaartpapegaai ... German: Mindanao Spatelschwanzpapagei ... French: Perroquet à raquettes tacheté d'montes Mindanao


Mount Malingdang Racket-tailed Parrots:

Status in the Wild / Distribution:

CITES II - Endangered ... Distribution: Mt.Malingdang District on Mindanao in the Philippines

Description: The Mount Malingdang Racket-tailed Parrots looks similar to the nominate form described above - the Mountain Racket-tailed Parrot - except that its plumage is supposed to be paler.


Species: Scientific: Prioniturus montanus malindangensis aka Prioniturus discurus malindangensis ... English: Mount Malingdang Racket-tailed Parrot ... Dutch: Mount Malingdang Vlagstaartparkiet ... German: Mount Malingdang Spatelschwanzpapagei ... French: Perroquet à raquettes tacheté d'montes Malingdang


Sulu Racket-tailed Parrots: (Prioniturus m. verticalis)

Distribution: The Sulu Racket-tailed Parrots or Blue-winged Racket-tailed Parrots are native to the Sulu islands of Jolo, Bongao, Tawi Tawi and Sibutu, Philippines.

Description: They are 12.25 ins (30 - 31 cm) long, with a wing-length of 6.5 - 7.25 ins (163 - 185 mm). Green parrot with racquet-like tail extensions. Whitish-grey bill. Bright green head, with bright blue crown. Male has large red spot in centre of crown. Rest of body yellowish-green, darkest on wings, with bluish wash to inner and outer webs of all primaries (longest wing feathers). Outer tail feathers tipped black and tail spatules also blackish. Possibly confusable with Tanygnathus parrots, but smaller, proportionately longer-tailed (with racquets) and has pale (not red) bill.

Female as montanus, but without blue to head; on average slightly larger.


Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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