Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Pin-tailed Parrotfinch (Erythrura prasina)


French: Diamant quadricolore German: Lauchpapageiamadine Spanish: Diamante colifino

Loxia prasina


, 1788,



Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. p. prasina (Sparrman, 1788) – Thailand, S Myanmar (Tenasserim), Peninsular Malaysia, S Cambodia, N & C Laos, Vietnam (C & S Annam, N Cochinchina), Sumatra and Java; recently recorded in China (S Yunnan)#R.
  • E. p. coelica E. C. S. Baker, 1925 – Borneo; few records from W Philippine Is (S Palawan), where perhaps resident#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    Male 15 cm, female 11·5-12 cm; 14·7 g. Male nominate race has forehead, face and throat blue, lores black; crown and upperparts, including upperwing, green, rump, uppertail-... read more


    Call a loud, high-pitched "tseet-tseet" or "tsit-tsit", also a sharp "teger-teger". Song includes a... read more


    Forest edge and secondary growth, bamboo; visits rice fields; lowland plains up to 1500 m. In Malay... read more

    Food and feeding

    Rice (Oryza sativa), and seeds of grass, of bamboo and perhaps of sedges (Cyperaceae). In Borneo, hundreds of specimens examined... read more


    Season Feb–Sept in SE Asia and Feb and Nov in Java. Male holds nesting material in bill, hops towards female, bobs up and down, and... read more


    Resident, partially migratory and nomadic. Appears to wander over large range, and moves seasonally... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Scarce to locally fairly common in SE Asia; uncommon to scarce and local in Sumatra and Java; locally common to abundant in Borneo.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Payne, R. (2020). Pin-tailed Parrotfinch (Erythrura prasina). 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 25 January 2020).