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Hanging parrots or bats
The body length of these parrots is from 10 to 16 cm. The tail is short, straight-cut, the length of the tail is equal to the length of the wing or slightly shorter. The plumage is dense and hard, the legs are strong, but short. Their beak is weak. The wax is feathered, narrow, the nostrils are swollen, rounded. The coloration is mostly green.
These parrots are distributed from India to the Philippines, in New Guinea, in the Bismarck archipelago. They got their name for the fact that they rest and sleep in a hanging position on the branches of trees, upside down, like bats. They also climb trees beautifully and run well along branches, hastily seed with short legs. Nests are built in tree hollows. Bird food consists of the pulp of fruits, berries, nectar, tree sap, which they lick from cracks in the bark of tropical trees. These parrots sing very well.
Bats do not live long in captivity. They often die during the acclimatization period due to the transition to artificial feeding. They need to be fed in the same way as brush-tongued lorises. Parrots from artificial food willingly eat sweet millet gruel, cooked in diluted milk. Their main food is vegetable, fruit juices and diluted (1: 1) honey.These parrots do not gnaw on wood, so they can be kept in wooden or combined cages.
With the onset of the breeding season, the female picks off the leaves that serve for the lining of the nest, sticks them between the feathers at the base of the tail and transfers them to the nest box. The height of the box (15 cm X 15 cm) in the cross section of the box should be about 20 cm. The female lays three eggs and incubates them for 20 days. Young birds leave the nest at the age of about a month.