Racket-tailed Parrots

The genus Prioniturus contains nine parrot species found in the Philippines and Indonesia.


Racket-tailed parrots are easily distinguished from all other parrots by their elongated central tail feathers with the bare shaft and spatula at the end (please refer to drawing to the right)..

Overall the plumage is green with more or less blue or red, specifes-specific highlights.

Adult parrots average 30 cm in length.


Their natural diet consists of fruit (especially banana and berries), nuts and seed. They are also seen feeding in cornfields, where they can cause considerable damage to the crops.

In captivity, they should be provided with various fruits (especially banana, grapes, apple, cactus figs, elder and rowan berries), lory food, safflower seed mixes, paddy rice, wheat, hemp, canary grass, various millets and sunflower seed (also sprouted); cooked rice; half-ripened maize; rose hips; and twice weekly egg food and hard-boiled egg, which is especially important during breeding season.

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    Class: Aves … Order: Psittaciformes … Family: Psittacidae … Family: Psittacinae … Order: Psittaciformes … Genus: Scientific: Prioniturus … English: Racket-tailed Parrots … Dutch: Vlagstaartpapegaaien … German: Spatelschwanzpapageien … French: Perroquet à raquettes


    Blue-crowned Racket-tailed Parrots

    Tail Feathers of the Racket-tailed Parrot

    Blue-headed Racket-tailed Parrots

    Blue-winged Racket-tailed Parrots (Sulu Racket-tailed Parrot)

    Buru Racket-tailed Parrots:

    Species: Scientific: Prioniturus mada … English: Buru Racket-tailed Parrot … Dutch: Buru Vlagstaartpapegaai … German: Buru Spatelschwanzpapagei … French: Perroquet à raquettes d’ile Buru … CITES II – Endangered

    Distribution: Island of Buru (Maluku province) in Indonesia

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      Green Racket-tailed Parrots

      Golden-mantled Racket-tailed Parrots

      Mindanao Racket-tailed Parrots

      Mindoro Racket-tailed Parrots

      Mountain Racket-tailed Parrots

      Mount Malingdang Racket-tailed Parrots

      Red-spotted Racket-tailed Parrots:

      Species: Scientific: Prioniturus flavicans … English: Red-spotted Racket-tailed Parrot … Dutch: Cassins Vlagstaartpapegaai … German: Raketenschwanzpapagei … French: Perroquet à raquettes tacheté rouge … CITES II – Endangered

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        Distribution: Sulawesi (formerly known as Celebes) – part of the Maluku island group in Indonesia Group, Peleng, Togian Island

        Salomonsen’s Racket-tailed Parrots

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          Sulu Racket-tailed Parrots (Blue-winged Racket-tailed Parrots)

          Tablas Racket-tailed Parrots

          Talaud Racket-tailed Parrots

          Taliabu Racket-tailed Parrots

          Waterstradt’s Racket-tailed Parrots (Mindanao Racket-tailed Parrots)

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