This species is suspected to have undergone a moderately rapid decline owing to forest loss and conversion. It has a small range, but this is not yet severely fragmented or restricted to few locations. The species is therefore classified as Near Threatened.
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47 cm. Bright green parrot with long tail and striking orange-yellow breast and belly. Head is darker and merges into sooty-black towards the beak. Tail and flight feathers have heavy blue suffusion. Black bill and feet. Immature birds are similar to adults but have horn-coloured bills. Similar spp. Only large native parrot on Viti Levu, though there are a small number of naturalised Crimson Shining-parrot P. splendens from Kadavu and Red Shining-parrot P. tabuensis from Koro, Gau, Vanua Levu and Taveuni, but their red underparts and head are unmistakable. Voice Wide variety of raucous, penetrating squawks and screeches, uttered both in flight and when perched. Hints Can be found in any forested area on Viti Levu.
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Benstead, P., Derhé, M., Mahood, S., Stattersfield, A., Temple, H.
Dutson, G., Watling, D.
IUCN Red List evaluators
Butchart, S., Symes, A.
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|Current IUCN Red List category||Near Threatened|
|Species name author||(Gray, 1848)|
|Population size||mature individuals|
|Distribution size (breeding/resident)||10,500 km2|
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