Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Papuan King-parrot (Alisterus chloropterus)


French: Perruche à ailes vertes German: Papuasittich Spanish: Papagayo papú

Aprosmictus chloropterus

E. P. Ramsay

, 1879,

Goldie River, New Guinea


Forms a species-pair with A. amboinensis. Females of moszkowskii have male-type plumage (at least 3), but the subspecies is not otherwise known to differ from the others; study needed. Form wilhelminae (from Kaparé R, in W New Guinea) is included within callopterus. Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • A. c. moszkowskii (Reichenow, 1911) – N New Guinea from E Geelvink Bay to C North Coastal Ranges.
  • A. c. callopterus (D’Albertis & Salvadori, 1879) – WC New Guinea from Weyland Mts to W Central Highlands.
  • A. c. chloropterus (E. P. Ramsay, 1879) – E New Guinea E from E Central Highlands.
  • Descriptive notes

    36 cm; 138–190 g. Similar to A. amboinensis but hindcrown and nape deep blue, mantle and scapulars black, lesser and median wing-coverts greenish yellow... read more


    Commonest vocalization a repeated clear metallic whistle, e.g. “kwee...kwee...kwee”, either... read more


    Shaded interior of hill rain forest, middle storey to lower canopy; less commonly in monsoon forest... read more

    Food and feeding

    Berries, small seeds of composites, Casuarina fruit.


    No clear information; gonadal development in Jun and Jul, and a juvenile taken in Sept.


    Apparently sedentary.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally scarce and in low numbers, though locally common and probably underrecorded owing to highly unobtrusive behaviour; thus in one... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Papuan King-parrot (Alisterus chloropterus). 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 16 December 2019).