Blue-rumped Parrot

Scientific Name: Psittinus cyanurus

Malay Name: Nuri Puling

Chinese Name: 蓝腰鹦鹉

Range: Found from the Thai-Malay Peninsula to Sumatra and Borneo

Taxonomy: Polytypic. Subspecies are: cyanurus, pontius.

Local Subspecies: cyanurus

Size: 18.5-19.5 cm

Identification: Male has mostly greyish-blue head, throat and upperbreast, reddish bill with brownish lower mandible, dark purplish-blue mantle and yellowish fringing on green wing-coverts. Female resembles male but has brownish head and bill, bluish back and mostly green underparts. Juvenile resembles female but has greenish head. Shows prominent red coverts and blackish underwing when in flight.

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, parks and gardens.


Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Near Threatened (BirdLife International 2016)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Venus Drive and Nee Soon Swampforest.

Featured articles:


BirdLife International. (2016). Psittinus cyanurus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016. Accessed on 1 January 2023

Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.

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