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Brehm’s Tiger Parrot

 (Psittacella brehmii)

Also known as: Brehm's Parrot, Brehm's Ground Parrot

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Brehm's Tiger Parrot
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The Tiger parrots got their name because of their prominently barred plumage.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacella brehmii

Species Profile

Genus: Psittacella | Species: brehmii

Size:

24cm (9.3 in)

Weight:

94-120g (3.3-4.2 oz)

Races including nominate:

four: P.b. brehmii, P.b. intermixta, P.b. pallida, P.b. harterti

Colour Adult:

P.b. brehmii: Male-dark brown head, tinted olive; sides of neck have yellow line; green upperparts, with black barring; green breast; red undertail coverts; green tail. Bill blue/grey tipped with white. Eye red. Female-yellow line down sides of neck absent; yellow breast, with black barring.
P.b. intermixta: Both adults as in brehmii, but with more yellow underparts; paler olive/brown throat and sides of head. Larger in size.
P.b. pallida: Male-plumage is variable, but as in brehmii,  and more yellowish upperparts and underparts; abdomen has blue suffusion on some birds. Female-differs from brehmii by having yellow flanks and sides of abdomen with black barring; more yellow upperparts and underparts.
P.b. harterti: Male-as in intermixta, but less yellow underparts; paler head with more olive colour. Smaller in size. Female-as in intermixta, but less yellow underparts; light black barring on flanks and sides of dull yellow abdomen. Smaller in size.

Colour Juvenile:

P.b. brehmii: As in adult female but with orange/red undertail coverts, the feathers tipped yellow/green. Eye yellow/brown.

Call:

Calls not often heard; when disturbed deep, short notes; also two-syllable harsh notes, some downslurred.

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Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

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Brehm's Tiger Parrot
© markaharper1 | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Tiger parrots got their name because of their prominently barred plumage.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacella brehmii

Species Care

Captive Status:

Virtually unknown in aviculture.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Aviary 2.5 x 1 x 2m (8.2 x 3.3 x 6.5 ft).

Diet:

Pine and grass seeds, different fruits and berries possibly may be tried. Also vitamin and mineral supplements.

Enrichment:

Not recorded.

Nest Box Size:

Not recorded.

Clutch Size:

Not recorded.

Incubation Time:

Not recorded.

Fledging Age:

Not recorded.

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Brehm's Tiger Parrot
© markaharper1 | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Tiger parrots got their name because of their prominently barred plumage.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacella brehmii

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

No threats at present.

Range:

P.b. brehmii: Vogelkop Mountains, W Irian Jaya.
P.b. intermixta: Snow and Weyland Mountains and Mount Goliath, Irian Jaya.
P.b. pallida: Mountains of Papua New Guinea, excluding Huon Peninsula, and east from Sepik River area.
P.b. harterti: Mountains of Huon Peninsula, N Papua New Guinea.

Habitat:

Found from 1500-3000m (4920-9840 ft) in montane forest, including Podocarp and beech Nothofagus forest and forest edge.

Wild Diet:

Diet includes seeds and berries from conifers and Podocarps.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Slow-moving, short distance fliers. Found singly or in small groups and are fairly tame. Feeds on or near the ground although they are found at higher levels as well.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not recorded.

Breeding Season:

Nestlings have been recorded in May and June.

Related Links:

Wikipedia
AvianWeb

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Brehm's Tiger Parrot
© markaharper1 | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Tiger parrots got their name because of their prominently barred plumage.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacella brehmii

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