Long-tailed Parakeet

Scientific Name: Psittacula longicauda
Malay Name: Bayan Melayu
Chinese Name: 长尾鹦鹉

Found from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo

Polytypic. Subspecies are: tytleri, nicobarica, modesta, longicauda, defontainei

Local Subspecies: longicauda

Size: 40-42 cm

Identification: Male has mostly green overall plumage with long purplish-blue tail-streamers, bright red bill, reddish-pink head-sides and nape, deep green crown and broad black malar band. Female resembles male but has shorter tail-streamers, brownish bill, greenish nape, dark green malar band and reddish-pink supercilium. Juvenile resembles female but has less red on head, indistinct malar band and no tail-streamers.

Similar looking species: Red-breasted Parakeet, Rose-ringed Parakeet

Habitat: Forest, forest edge, secondary growth, parks and gardens.


Local Status: Uncommon resident

Conservation Status: Vulnerable (IUCN 3.1)

Location: Central Catchment Forest, Dairy Farm Nature Park, Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Goldhill Avenue, Malcolm Park, Bidadari, Neo Tiew Lane 2 and Kranji Marsh.


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page (BirdLife: Belocercus longicaudus)
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

Craig Robson (2011) A Field Guide to the Birds of South-East Asia
Allen Jeyarajasingam & Alan Pearson (2012) A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore