Monday, February 10, 2014

The Colorful and Attractive Looking Philippine Hanging Parrots

By: Eduardo C. Gonzalez

The Philippine Hanging Parrots are known scientifically as Psillacula Philippensis. They live on the islands of Luzon, Catanduanes, Marinduque and other islands.The length of both males and females are between 14 – 15 centimeters (5.5 inches - 6 inches). They weigh up to 34 grams (less than one pound). The males are colored green and they have a red spot on their throats. They also have yellow lines encircling the red spots that are located on their foreheads. On their necks they have gold - yellow rounded spots.The hind parts of their bodies are colored red. Their undertail feathers are colored blue. Males have grayish brown feet. Their eyes are brown and their beaks are colored red. The females have red spots on their throats and blue cheeks.

These wonderful looking Philippine Hanging Parrots sleep upside down, just like bats do. They breed probably in April and May. The females can lay four to five eggs per clutch. The eggs are white colored, and weigh at least two grams. The eggs are 19 millimeters long and rounded.

Their habitats are the forests which have a lot of wood. Some of them stay near coconut plantations and fruit trees. They feed on nectars, fruits and seeds. They bond together with smaller groups and live with them.

If these birds are kept in an aviary, they must be fed with one part fruit sugar and 1/3 cup of fructose. This kind of mixture must be mixed with ¼ cup of water. Give them vitamins and minerals. They can be given also a part of honey and 2 parts of water.

They must have big nest blocks at a length of 25 centimeters (10 inches), 25 centimeters (10 inches) wide and 37 centimeters (14.5 inches) high. The entrance hole must measure six centimeters (2.4 inches) in diameter. The adults will feed their young ones with liquid food that is muggy. The nest materials that are used must not have dust. The reason for this is that the dirt can cause suffocation.

The Philippine Hanging Parrots gather their nesting materials, leaves and bark, by inserting the material under their wings and carrying it to their nesting blocks. Mating begins when the males start to scream aloud and fly up and down. When the female sits down that is the time that they will mate.

The first egg usually comes out after 4 days. The females will do the incubation. They will only leave their nests to do their droppings. Their young ones will weigh about 2.5 grams (barely one pound) and after a week, will weigh 10 grams (0.02 pounds). After two weeks, the young ones will weigh 14 grams (0.03 pounds). Their feathers will start to appear after 34 days.

These are fine looking birds. Even better, they are not considered endangered species.

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