Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Snow Mountain Tiger-parrot (Psittacella lorentzi)


French: Perruche de Lorentz German: Schneebergpapagei Spanish: Lorito tigre montañés

Psittacella lorentzi

van Oort

, 1910,

Wichmann Mountains, 3000 metres, New Guinea


Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. picta, but differs in its green vs brown chin, throat and face (below cap) (3); green vs red rump (3); reduced or non-existent blue on breast in male (1). Monotypic.

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WC New Guinea (Snow Mts).

Descriptive notes

17–19 cm. Previously treated as conspecific with P. picta (see Taxonomy comments). Crown dull brown, with blue-green cheeks and breast, and has yellow or green rump... read more


Generally rather quiet. Vocalizations reportedly most similar to those of P. brehmii (... read more


Subalpine shrubbery and low montane forest, including second growth, preferably adjoining open... read more

Food and feeding

No specific data, though presumably similar to P. picta.


No information.


None known.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Widespread but generally scarce, though locally common. World population of this species and P.... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Snow Mountain Tiger-parrot (Psittacella lorentzi). 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).