birds found in most warmer climates such as that of the tropical
regions. Basically, Parrots are usually grouped into two main
families. The "true" Parrots -under Psittacidae and those looking
like Parrots - Cacatuidae. The Cockatoos are examples. Lastly
another group- Lorikeets. they can be said to be the third group,
Loriidae. But now most often considered a subfamily of the
Psittacidae . The latter 2 groups of birds commonly found in
Australia and none in Malaysia. Just some background to start this
subject of Parrots.
there are 358 species that come under this groupings. In South-east
Asian tropical forest - 11 species. Malaysia itself has
5 species. Parrots in Malaysia are small to medium size when
compared to those seen for example in Australia. Malaysian Parrots
are seldom seen and it is hard to accidentally bump into them. But
if they are around, you could easily detect their presence. By their
noisy calls and that they move around in flocks.
characteristic features of Parrots. they have strong curved bill,
stand upright, strong legs with zygodactyl feet [with two
toes facing forward and two toes facing rearward on each foot].
Like most Parrots, Malaysian Parrots are green with some other
colors on the head or neck. Such colors do not go the extend of
making them colorful or outstanding. They by their silhouette are
nice looking birds. Our Parrots are not known to imitate human
voices but their appearance as Parrots too make them popular pets.
In the wild,
Parrots being vegetarian, feeds on seeds, nuts, fruit, buds and
other plant materials. They build their nests in holes found on
Of the couple
frequently seen species, the Blue-crowned is specially picked as a
caged birds. I suppose they poachers have no difficulties in
locating them and bringing them home.
While in cage,
passer-by could also detect their presence by their incessant sharp
calls. For the exercise on this page, the names of the Malaysian
The only "Parrot" that we
occasionally meet up with these days would be the Long-tailed
Parakeets. Up to the time some years back, the Blue-crowned
Hanging Parrots were common in our forest edges. Within a few
years, all these birds were taken away by poachers and sold to
Pet Shop. Seeing one Blue-crowned hanging Parrot, is a rarity
and the last one I saw in Taman Negara. How sad?