Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Painted Tiger-parrot (Psittacella picta)


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

Psittacella picta


, 1896,

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


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


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


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


    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 on 23 March 2018).