Scientific Name: Psittacula longicauda
Malay Name: Bayan Melayu
Chinese Name: 长尾鹦鹉
Range: Found from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands to the Thai-Malay Peninsula, Sumatra and Borneo
Taxonomy: 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, Coconut Lorikeet
Habitat: Forest, forest edge, secondary growth, parks and gardens.
Local Status: Very common resident
Conservation Status: Vulnerable (BirdLife International 2018)
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.
- Local extinctions of Singapore birds (Science)
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link
eBird Species page: eBird (Long-tailed Parakeet)
BirdLife International. (2018). Belocercus longicaudus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2018-2.RLTS.T22685513A131365116.en. Accessed on 1 January 2023
Jeyarajasingam, A., & Pearson, A. (2012). A Field Guide to the Birds of Peninsular Malaysia and Singapore. Oxford University Press.
Robson, C. (2014). Field guide to the birds of South-East Asia (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Publishing, London.
Singapore Birds Project. (n.d.). Long-tailed Parakeet. Retrieved on May 30, 2023 from https://singaporebirds.com/species/long-tailed-parakeet.