Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Modest Tiger-parrot (Psittacella modesta)


French: Perruche modeste German: Olivpapagei Spanish: Lorito tigre modesto

Psitacella [sic] modesta


, 1871,

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


Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. m. modesta Schlegel, 1871 – NW New Guinea (mountains of Vogelkop Peninsula).
  • P. m. subcollaris Rand, 1941 – WC & C New Guinea (N slopes of Snow Mts E to Central Highlands around Mt Hagen).
  • P. m. collaris Ogilvie-Grant, 1914 – WC New Guinea (S slopes of Snow Mts).
  • Descriptive notes

    14 cm; 42–43 g. Head dark brown, darkest on crown, with vague olive-yellow mottling on nape; colour extends onto mantle and shades to paler olive brown on throat and... read more


    Not very vocal. Calls include an upslurred nasal “wheeh!” and a more modulated “wehuweeh”.


    Montane forest, second growth and forest edge at 1700–2800 m; commonly seen in scrub adjacent... read more

    Food and feeding

    Witnessed feeding on small fruits; seeds and pieces of hard berries in stomachs.


    Male in breeding condition in Jun. No further information available.


    No information.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Locally common but very unobtrusive.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Modest Tiger-parrot (Psittacella modesta). 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 13 December 2019).