Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Painted Tiger-parrot (Psittacella picta)


Taxonomy

French: Perruche peinte German: Braunscheitelpapagei Spanish: Lorito tigre pintado
Taxonomy:

Psittacella picta

Rothschild

, 1896,

Mount Victoria, 5000–7000 feet (c. 1500–2100 m), Owen Stanley Range, New Guinea

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Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. lorentzi. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. p. excelsa Mayr & Gilliard, 1951 – EC New Guinea (Central Highlands).
  • P. p. picta Rothschild, 1896 – SE New Guinea (Wharton Range to Owen Stanley Range).
  • Descriptive notes

    17–19 cm; 48–68 g. Bill silver-grey, with even paler tip; entire crown rufous-brown, face greyish brown, with yellow collar over neck to sides of throat; throat... read more

    Voice

    Generally rather quiet. Vocalizations reportedly similar to those of P. brehmii (which is... read more

    Habitat

    Subalpine shrubbery and low substage within montane forest, including second growth, preferably... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seeds and small hard berries, fruits of Dacrydium conifers. Feeds in small trees and shrubs, sometimes in company with P.... read more

    Breeding

    Breeding-condition birds in Jun and Aug, with juvenile collected in Oct.

    Movements

    No information.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Widespread but generally scarce, though locally common. World population of this species... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2018). Painted Tiger-parrot (Psittacella picta). 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/54536 on 23 September 2018).