Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Brehm's Tiger-parrot (Psittacella brehmii)


French: Perruche de Brehm German: Brehmpapagei Spanish: Lorito tigre de Brehm

Psittacella Brehmii


, 1871,

mountainous interior, 4000–5000 feet (c. 1200–1500 m), west coast of Geelvink Bay = Arfak Mountains, New Guinea


Birds from Schrader Range (EC New Guinea) sometimes awarded race buergersi, but generally not regarded as worthy of recognition. Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. b. brehmii Schlegel, 1871 – NW New Guinea (mountains of Vogelkop Peninsula).
  • P. b. intermixta E. J. O. Hartert, 1930 – WC New Guinea (Weyland and Snow Mts and Mt Goliath).
  • P. b. harterti Mayr, 1931 – NE New Guinea (mountains of Huon Peninsula).
  • P. b. pallida A. B. Meyer, 1886 – mountains of C, E & SE New Guinea.
  • Descriptive notes

    24 cm; 94–120 g. Bill brownish grey with pale cutting edges; head and throat chocolate brown with vertical yellow line on side of neck; nape, mantle, rump and uppertail... read more


    Not very vocal. Most frequently heard calls include a repeated nasal upslurred “hwee!” and a... read more


    Interior of montane Podocarpus and Nothofagus forest and edge, low scrubby... read more

    Food and feeding

    Buds, fruits and leaves of Homalanthus, hard berries, small hard seeds, and fruits of Podocarpus have been recorded, and... read more


    Slight gonadal development in Aug; breeding condition bird in Jan; nestlings May–Jun.


    No information.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Fairly common and widespread throughout range. Regularly recorded around Tari Gap, Papua New Guinea.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Brehm's Tiger-parrot (Psittacella brehmii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 7 December 2019).