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Madarasz’s Tiger Parrot

 (Psittacella madaraszi)

Also known as: Madarasz's Ground Parrot, Plain-breasted Little Parrot

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© Gyula Madarász | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Psittacella group of parrots are coloured like no others in the parrot world; their prominently barred plumage is the reason for the "tiger" name.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacella madaraszi

Species Profile

Genus: Psittacella | Species: madaraszi

Size:

14cm (5.5 in)

Weight:

34-44g (1.2-1.5 oz)

Races including nominate:

four: P.m. madaraszi, P.m. huonensis, P.m. hallstromi, P.m. major

Colour Adult:

P.m. madaraszi: Male-olive/brown head; centres of feathers of crown to hindneck yellow, giving mottled or speckled appearance; throat and lower cheeks have paler yellow spotting; olive/brown wash on upper breast; red undertail coverts; green upperparts with narrow barring of green/yellow and black; green tail. Bill blue/grey tipped with white. Eye brown/red. Female- blue wash on forehead; orange wash on occiput, nape and hindneck, with black barring; yellow/green rump and lower back barred with black. Eye red.
P.m. huonensis: Male-crown more yellow than that of madaraszi. Female-differs from madaraszi in that the orange on occiput to hindneck is absent, and less black barring on occiput.
P.m. hallstromi: Male-in general plumage is darker than madaraszi; head darker brown, the feathers more thinly centred yellow. Female- as in madaraszi, but more strong wash of red/orange on nape to hindneck and more widely barred with black.
P.m. major: Both adults as in madaraszi, but larger in size.

Colour Juvenile:

P.m. madaraszi: As in adult female, but barring on nape and hindneck paler and less extensive; faint yellow and brown barring on breast. Eye brown/yellow.
P.m. huonensis: As in adult female.
P.m. hallstromi: As in adult female.

Call:

Calls are described as high-pitched and upslurred.

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World
Mangoverde World Bird Guide - photo

Content Sources:

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Illustration of Madarasz's Tiger Parrot, top
© Gyula Madarász | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Psittacella group of parrots are coloured like no others in the parrot world; their prominently barred plumage is the reason for the "tiger" name.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacella madaraszi

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not found in captivity.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Not recorded.

Diet:

Not recorded.

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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Illustration of Madarasz's Tiger Parrot, top
© Gyula Madarász | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Psittacella group of parrots are coloured like no others in the parrot world; their prominently barred plumage is the reason for the "tiger" name.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacella madaraszi

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

None at present.

Range:

P.m. madaraszi: Mountains of SE Papua New Guinea, west in north to Mount Misim in south to Angabunga River.
P.m. huonensis: Mountains of Huon Peninsula, N Papua New Guinea.
P.m. hallstromi: Central Highlands, Papua New Guinea, west to Hindenburg Range, Irian Jaya.
P.m. major: Weyland Mountains and northern slopes of Snow Mountains, Irian Jaya.

Habitat:

Found from 1100-2500m (3575-8200 ft) in forest, secondary growth forest and occasionally partly cleared areas, particularly Nothofagus sp. or beech forest.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on seeds, fruit, hard berries and leaf pulp.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Seen alone or in pairs foraging at different levels of the canopy. Have been observed in the company of Painted Parrots (Psittacella picta). Is quiet, slow-moving and inconspicuous, roosting in the lower canopy and stirring briefly at dusk to call.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not recorded.

Breeding Season:

From June.

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Illustration of Madarasz's Tiger Parrot, top
© Gyula Madarász | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Psittacella group of parrots are coloured like no others in the parrot world; their prominently barred plumage is the reason for the "tiger" name.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacella madaraszi

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