Species group: Other Parrots
Other common names: Blue-crowned Green Parrot; Luzon Parrot; Philippine Green Parrot; Loro Nuquiazul; Pikoy
Scientific name: Tanygnathus lucionensis
The Blue-naped Parrot is a little-known talking parrot native to the Philippines and some Indonesian islands.The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) has rated the Blue-naped Parrot as a Near Threatened species, since there is little information about how this forest parrot has been affected by the spread of logging and agriculture.
There are three subspecies. They may be found in a variety of habitats from the lowlands up to 1,000 meters, and in true closed forest as well as agricultural areas such as coconut plantations.
A medium-sized emerald green parrot. Its large lipstick red bill might remind you of its bigger and perhaps somewhat better-known cousin, the Great-Billed Parrot. However, the well-named Blue-nape can be easily identified because the adults are the onlyTanygnathus parrot with a bright blue wash on the back of its head down to the nape. The blue marking on young birds can be much duller.
200 - 230 grams (7 - 8 0z.)
31 centimeters (12.2 in.)
12 - 40 years
Behavior / temperament:
There are relatively few Blue-naped Parrot owners in the west, but it has been a well-regarded pet bird in the Philippines for decades, and these birds are known to be eager mimics. If you're lucky enough to encounter a Blue-nape, start the voice training early, and you may be amazed at how far the bird goes.
In a report for The Tanygnathus Society, breeder Cathi Graham described the Blue-nape as a friendly, outgoing parrot that truly seemed to enjoy being around people and even the family dog.
A walk-in breeding aviary for a pair of Blue-naped Parrots should be 10 feet deep or more. But even a single pet should have a generous cage, as well as a playpen, to give these active, intelligent birds the opportunity to exercise. This species is cold sensitive.
The wild Blue-naped Parrot has a healthy appetite for foraged items found in trees like fruits, nuts, and berries, as well as grains or seeds. The World Parrot Trust has suggested a diet that includes a high-quality small seed mix with limited sunflower in addition to soaked or sprouted seed. You should also serve a chopped salad including seasonal fruits and vegetables several times a week.
The recommended nuts include walnut, hazelnut, almond, and pecan. Although your pet Blue-naped Parrot may be happy to help you eat your dinner, never feed any avocado or chocolate, as these foods are toxic to parrots.
Written by Elaine Radford
people, conversations, talkative nature, Playful Parrot, striking words
sharp nails, loud noises
From qwertygal Mar 12 2014 7:03PM
Naturally Strong, Talkative, and Playful Parrot
We are very happy that we have this parrot, which I recommend to first time owners, because:
He likes to talk a lot.
We are even amazed at times because he speaks of words we didn't teach him. He actually listens to conversations and whatever striking words he hears. So our visitors at home like him so much because of his talkative nature.
He is very active and playful.
Kids love to go near with this parrot. And, he even becomes more active when someone is around. This is the most awesome parrot in terms of socializing. He likes to be around with or get noticed by people.
He is resistant to diseases.
This is what I believe makes him stand out from others too. This parrot is very strong. He can easily adapt to changing climate. I think because he once lived in a forest so he knows what it means to survive.
When it comes to his cage, it should be large enough because this parrot likes to climb and play a lot. And it should have a plant inside so he feels like his home.
His food? He feeds on fruits and grains. He likes mangoes and bananas so much..
From Evane Oct 6 2014 5:00PM