Vernal Hanging Parrot

The Vernal Hanging Parrot (Loriculus vernalis) is a species of bird that is found from India eastwards to Southeast Asia. In Sri Lanka, it is replaced by the very similar endemic Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, (L. beryllinus). It is not migratory, but does have some movement, depending on the availability of food. It is a bird of dry jungle and cultivation.

This bird is small and mainly green. It is about 5.5 inches in length and has a short tail. The adult has a red rump and bill, and a blue throat patch. The young have a duller rump, and lack the blue throat patch. Its call is a loud chattering. Its flight is swift and direct.

The main food source of the Vernal Hanging Parrot is fruit, seeds, buds and blossoms. The nest is a hole in a tree. The female lays two to four (usually three) white eggs and incubates them for 20 days. The hatchlings leave the nest 33 days later. This species is less gregarious than most of its relatives, but may be found in small groups outside the breeding season.

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