Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Madarasz's Tiger-parrot (Psittacella madaraszi)


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

Psittacella madarászi

A. B. Meyer

, 1886,

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


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


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


    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 condition birds in Jun and Sept.


    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. (2019). 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 on 15 October 2019).