Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot (Loriculus beryllinus)



The Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot is a small arboreal endemic parrot mostly found in Sinharaja rainforest and the cloud forests in Sri Lanka. It is known as Gira Maliththa or Pol Girawa in Sinhala. It is mainly green and its aduly has a red crown and rump. The nape and back have an organge tint. The chin and throat are pale blue. When you see its red beak you will recognize it as the hanging parrot. Another characteristic is its flight which is swift and direct and the call is a sharp whistled "twiwttwt...twitwit". The Sinharaja rainforest is the best site to see them in abundance.

Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot is less gregarious than some of its relatives, and is usually alone or in small groups outside the breeding season. It undergoes local movements, driven mainly by the availability of the fruit, seeds, buds and blossoms that make up its diet.

Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot is a bird of open forest. It is strictly arboreal, never descending to the ground. It nests in holes in trees laying 2-3 eggs.