The blue-crowned hanging parrot, or scientifically named as Loriculus galgulus) is a small green parrot found in forested lowlands in southern Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Sumatra, Java and Borneo region of Indonesia. In Malay, it is known as “serindit”.
It is registered in the least concern category for the parrot species as they are the common to very common in localities. The species has differences in features depending on their gender and maturity.
The adults have black beaks while the juveniles have a horn-colored beak. Adult males have a blue crown, red throat, red rump, and a yellow lower back. Adult females are duller than males and lack yellow lower back and red throat. The blue crown is also less noticeable compared to the male ones.
The species feeds on flowers, buds, fruits, nuts and seeds. They usually stay in solitary or in pairs. They will be in small family groups outside breeding season.
Their breeding season usually commences in January and goes on to about July. Pairs usually nest in the cavities of living and dead trees. They line the floor of their nest with thick layer of bracken fronds and pieces of leaves.
A clutch averages 3 to 4 eggs. The hen incubated the eggs for 20 days and the chicks leave the nest about 33 days from hatching. Although breeding is frequently achieved, this species produces a significant number of infertile eggs. The survivability of the young chicks appears to be somewhat higher than is usually expected in parrot species.
Picture credit to our local guide, Lawrence from Kampung Sadir.