Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)


Green-faced Parrotfinch (Erythrura viridifacies)


French: Diamant de Luçon German: Manilapapageiamadine Spanish: Diamante de Luzón

Erythrura viridifacies

Hachisuka and Delacour

, 1937,

vicinity of Manila, Luzon, Philippines




Philippines: Luzon, Panay, Negros and Cebu.

Descriptive notes

12·5 cm; 12·6 g. Male plumage is almost entirely green, paler below; rump, uppertail-coverts and elongated pointed central tail feathers red, rest of tail dark brownish-grey... read more


Calls "tseet tseet" or "tisit tsit"; song a soft "deedeedeedee...", a chattering "day day day...",... read more


Montane forest and forest edge, bamboo, grassland and shrubs near forest; generally above 1000 m,... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds of bamboo, canary grass, rice, and casuarinas (Casuarina), also bamboo flowers. Food items taken from low bushes, on stems... read more


Season appears to be Mar–Apr. Male displays with reed or grass stem held in bill, bobs up and down, raises tail and head and waves... read more


Resident and nomadic; occasionally irruptive, suddenly appearing in an area when food resources... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. Restricted range species: present in Luzon EBA and Negros and Panay EBA. Rare to locally scarce; decreasing. Confined to Philippines, where recorded on Luzon (... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2020). Green-faced Parrotfinch (Erythrura viridifacies). 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 26 February 2020).