Family Waxbills (Estrildidae)

Least Concern

Tricoloured Parrotfinch (Erythrura tricolor)


French: Diamant azuvert German: Forbespapageiamadine Spanish: Diamante tricolor

Fringilla tricolor


, 1817,





Timor, Atauro, Wetar, Romang, Damar, Babar and Tanimbar Is (Larat, Yamdena, Lutur), in C & E Lesser Sundas.

Descriptive notes

10 cm; 11 g. Male has head deep blue, fading on nape to bright green of back and wings, with rump, uppertail-coverts and tail red; sometimes shows strong light blue wash on... read more


Call a soft "ti-ti-ti-ti...ti-ti-ti"; also thin, high-pitched sibilant upslurs. Song a... read more


Forest edge and small clearings in monsoon forest, woodland and secondary growth, thickets, bamboo... read more

Food and feeding

Seeds of grasses and fruits. Feeds on ground and in low scrub, bamboo and trees. Forages singly, in pairs and in small groups, occasionally... read more


Little information, mostly based on captive birds. Male bundles nesting material in bill and, with trilling song, flies to female;... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). Restricted range species: present in Banda Sea Islands EBA and Timor and Wetar EBA. Locally fairly common on Timor and Wetar;... read more

Recommended citation

Payne, R. (2019). Tricoloured Parrotfinch (Erythrura tricolor). 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).