Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Pesquet's Parrot (Psittrichas fulgidus)


French: Psittrichas de Pesquet German: Borstenkopf Spanish: Loro aguileño

Banksianus fulgidus


, 1830,

New Guinea




Mountains of New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

46 cm; 690–800 g. Bill, bare face to behind eye and head and upperparts black, with vague red patch behind eye, dull red uppertail-coverts, and red median and greater... read more


Gives harsh, rasping or growling screams, audible at some distance, especially in flight and... read more


Primary and tall secondary forest in foothills and lower mountains from 500 to 1800 m, occasionally... read more

Food and feeding

Appears to be a specialist on fruits of certain figs (Ficus), in particular F. sterrocarpa, F. hesperidiformis... read more


Breeding condition birds in Feb, Apr, May; fledged juveniles in Dec. Requires large hollow trees for nesting; the only nest described in... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Population perhaps just fewer than 21,000 pairs. Marked variations in local abundance, with flocks of up to 20 recorded, although mean group size is... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Pesquet's Parrot (Psittrichas fulgidus). 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 7 December 2019).