Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Tawny-breasted Parrotfinch (Erythrura hyperythra)


French: Diamant à queue verte German: Bambuspapageiamadine Spanish: Diamante coliverde

Chlorura hyperythra


, 1862,

#R, New Guinea; error = Java


Sometimes separated in a monotypic genus, Reichenowia. Proposed race malayana (described from Cameron Highlands, in Peninsular Malaysia) is synonymized with borneensis, ernstmayri (from Wawa Karaeng, Lompobattang, in SW Sulawesi) with microrhyncha, and obscura (from Sita, in W Flores) with intermedia. Five subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • E. h. borneensis (Sharpe, 1889) – Peninsular Malaysia (Cameron Highlands) and N Borneo.
  • E. h. brunneiventris (Ogilvie-Grant, 1894) – N Philippine Is (Luzon, Mindoro and Panay).
  • E. h. hyperythra (Reichenbach, 1862) – Java; unconfirmed in Bali#R.
  • E. h. microrhyncha (Stresemann, 1931) – Sulawesi.
  • E. h. intermedia (E. J. O. Hartert, 1896) – W Lesser Sundas (Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores).
  • Descriptive notes

    10·4 cm; c. 10–13·2 g. Male has forehead velvety black, forecrown blue, hindcrown and upperparts to back green, rump and uppertail-coverts tawny-orange;... read more


    Contact call, given in flight, a high-pitched hissing "tzit-tzit" or "tseet-tseet... read more


    In Peninsular Malaysia, occurs in bamboo, edge of broadleaf evergreen forest, montane forest and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Seeds of grasses (Poa pratensis, Puleum pratense, Panicum) and bamboo, also seeds of herbs, e.g. sunflower (... read more


    Season Feb–Mar in Java and May–Jun on Flores, and juveniles seen in May in Borneo. In courtship, male bundles several pieces of... read more


    Resident. Perhaps some short movements in response to flowering and seeding of bamboo.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Not well known; probably often overlooked because of its skulking behaviour. Rare in Peninsular Malaysia. Rare in Borneo, where confined to N... read more

    Recommended citation

    Payne, R. (2019). Tawny-breasted Parrotfinch (Erythrura hyperythra). 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 12 December 2019).