French: Diamant de Kittlitz German: Dreifarben-Papageiamadine Spanish: Diamante cariazul
Kosrae, Caroline Islands
Subspecies and Distribution
E. t. sanfordi
Stresemann, 1931 – NC & SC Sulawesi.
E. t. modesta
Wallace, 1862 – N Moluccas (Halmahera, Ternate, Tidore, Bacan).
E. t. pinaiae
Stresemann, 1914 – S Moluccas (Buru, Seram).
E. t. pelewensis
Nagamichi Kuroda, 1922 – Palau Is.
E. t. clara
Takatsukasa & Yamashina, 1931 – Chuuk Is and Pohnpei Is, in E Caroline Is.
E. t. trichroa
(Kittlitz, 1833) – Kosrae (extreme E Carolines).
E. t. sigillifer
(De Vis, 1897) – New Guinea and some offshore islands (Manam I, Karkar I, D’Entrecasteaux Is and Louisiade Archipelago), Bismarck Archipelago (Long I, Umboi I, New Britain, New Ireland, Feni Is) and NE Australia (NE Queensland).
E. t. eichhorni
E. J. O. Hartert, 1924 – St Matthias Is (in N Bismarck Archipelago).
E. t. woodfordi
Rothschild#R & E. J. O. Hartert, 1900 – Bougainville I and Solomon Is (Kolombangara, Guadalcanal).
E. t. cyanofrons
E. L. Layard, 1878 – Vanuatu (including Banks Is) and Loyalty Is.
12 cm; 12–16 g (sigillifer). Male nominate race has most of crown and face deep blue, hindcrown to back and upperwing green with golden gloss, uppertail-... read more
Call a thin, high-pitched "tsit-tsit", given in flight, described also as a short, thin,... read more
Hill forest and montane forest and forest edge, rainforest, and dense secondary growth; usually... read more
Food and feeding
Mainly grass seeds, also seeds of bamboo, figs (Ficus) and casuarina (Casuarina), and small berries; also small insects,... read more
Season Oct–Feb/Mar in Vanuatu, and Nov–Apr (in pre-wet and wet season) in Australia. Male bundles nesting material in bill,... read more
Mainly resident; in New Guinea possibly nomadic. In Australia, moves to coastal lowlands in non-... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. Fairly common in much of range; shy, and probably often overlooked as a result of its inconspicuous behaviour. Appears generally rare and local in W... read more
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