Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Red-throated Parrotfinch (Erythrura psittacea)


French: Diamant psittaculaire German: Rotkopf-Papageiamadine Spanish: Diamante lorito

Fringilla psittacea

J. F. Gmelin

, 1789,

New Caledonia


Has sometimes been placed with E. cyaneovirens in a separate genus, Amblynura. Monotypic.


New Caledonia and I of Pines.

Descriptive notes

12–14 cm; 10·5-11·5g. Male has forecrown, face and throat to centre of upper breast hindcrown to back green, rump and uppertail-coverts red, outer rectrices mostly dark... read more


Call a high "seet"; song a high-pitched trill, like that of other Melanesian parrot­... read more


Forest edge, grassy openings in forest, scrub, edge of cultivation, plantations, mangroves, and... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds of grasses (canary grass, Poa pratensis, Phleum pratense, Panicum liliaceum, Setaria italica,... read more


Breeds in Sept and Mar. Male bundles nesting material in bill, flies to female while giving trilling song, and pair engages in sexual... read more


Presumed resident.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Restricted-range species: present in New Caledonia EBA. Fairly common within small global range. Several records from Vanuatu (in Port Vila, on Efat... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2020). Red-throated Parrotfinch (Erythrura psittacea). 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 28 January 2020).