Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Papuan Parrotfinch (Erythrura papuana)


Taxonomy

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

Erythrura trichroa papuana

Rothschild#R and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1900,

Arfak Mountains, New Guinea

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

Distribution:

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

Voice

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

Habitat

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

Breeding

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

Movements

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. (2018). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/61159 on 24 September 2018).