Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Papuan Parrotfinch (Erythrura papuana)


French: Diamant de Nouvelle-Guinée German: Papuapapageiamadine Spanish: Diamante papú

Erythrura trichroa papuana

Rothschild#R and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1900,

Arfak Mountains, New Guinea


In the past sometimes placed with E. coloria and E. trichroa in a separate genus, Trichroa. Monotypic.


Mountains of New Guinea: N Vogelkop, Wissel Lakes area, Victor Emanuel Range (Telefomin), upper Sepik R and Adelbert Mts E to Aseki (Morobe Province), Eastern Highlands (Okapa) and Owen Stanley Range.

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 17–24 g. Male has most of crown and face deep blue, lores duskier, hindcrown to back and upperwing green, rump, uppertail-coverts and slightly pointed tail red,... read more


Contact call a thin, high-pitched "tsit tsit"; song a high-pitched trill.


Inhabits evergreen forest and forest edge, also secondary forest, usually at 1200–2600 m, but... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds of grasses, fruits of herbs including opium poppy (Papaver somniferum), field mustard (Brassica rapa) and hemp (... read more


Nestling described as having skin pink, no down, each side of gape with two large deep-blue reflecting papillae, yellow palate with five... read more


No information; presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Not well known. Scarce to uncommon; very patchily distributed. Easily overlooked as a consequence of its unobtrusive behaviour.

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2020). Papuan Parrotfinch (Erythrura papuana). 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 29 January 2020).