Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Madarasz's Tiger-parrot (Psittacella madaraszi)


Taxonomy

French: Perruche de Madarasz German: Madaraszpapagei Spanish: Lorito tigre de Madarasz
Taxonomy:

Psittacella madarászi

A. B. Meyer

, 1886,

south-eastern spurs of the Owen Stanley Range, New Guinea

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Four subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. m. major Rothschild, 1936 – WC New Guinea (Weyland Mts and N slopes of Snow Mts).
  • P. m. hallstromi Mayr & Gilliard, 1951 – C & EC New Guinea (Central Highlands W to Hindenburg Range).
  • P. m. huonensis Mayr & Rand, 1935 – NE New Guinea (mountains of Huon Peninsula).
  • P. m. madaraszi A. B. Meyer, 1886 – SE New Guinea.
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 34–44 g. Very similar to P. modesta but head paler and marked yellow on lower face, with yellow mottling of nape never forming a collar and brown of... read more

    Voice

    Not very vocal. Calls include a disyllabic whistle “hoo-hee” and a plaintive nasal upslurred “hwhee... read more

    Habitat

    Mid-montane forest and its scrubby edges, secondary growth and partly cleared areas, mainly at 1150... read more

    Food and feeding

    Fruits, seeds, hard berries and leaf pulp recorded; birds seen feeding at the bases of arboreal ant plants.

    Breeding

    Breeding condition birds in Jun and Sept.

    Movements

    No information.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Apparently uncommon, but this perhaps an artefact of its great unobtrusiveness. Regularly recorded below Tari Gap, Papua New Guinea.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Madarasz's Tiger-parrot (Psittacella madaraszi). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54538 on 23 June 2018).