Parrots (Psittacidae)

Blue-crowned Racquet-tail (Prioniturus discurus) - HBW 4, p. 391

French: Palette à couronne bleue German: Philippinen-Spatelschwanzpapagei Spanish: Lorito-momoto Coroniazul
Other common names: Blue-headed Racquet-tail(!)

Taxonomy: Psittacus discurus Vieillot, 1822, Mindanao.
Forms a superspecies with P. luconensis, probably P. flavicans and debatably P. verticalis. Sometimes considered conspecific with P. flavicans, and previously with P. platenae. Proposed race nesophilus of Catanduanes I is synonym of whiteheadi. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution:

  • whiteheadi Salomonsen, 1953 - Luzon S to Bohol, N & CE Philippines.
  • mindorensis Steere, 1890 - Mindoro, NC Philippines.
  • discurus (Vieillot, 1822) - Mindanao, Basilan, Sulu and Olutanga, SE & SC Philippines.