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Painted Tiger Parrot

 (Psittacella picta)

Also known as: Painted Ground Parrot, Timberline Parrot

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Painted Tiger Parrot, Papua, Indonesia
© Mehd Halaouate

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The species which make up this genus, or group, are among the least known of all parrots.

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Related publications: Psittacella picta

Species Profile

Genus: Psittacella | Species: picta

Size:

19cm (7.4 in)

Weight:

48-60g (1.7-2.1 oz)

Races including nominate:

three: P.p. picta, P.p. excelsa, P.p. lorentzi

Colour Adult:

P.p. picta: Male-body mostly green; crown and surrounding area red/brown; sides of neck have thin yellow band; throat and upper breast washed with blue; mantle and back green barred with black; red rump and upper and undertail coverts; tail green. Bill blue/grey tipped with white. Eye orange. Female-as in male but yellow band on neck absent; cheeks and ear coverts green/blue; breast and sides of abdomen yellow striped with black.
P.p. excelsa: Male-as in picta, but crown bright olive/brown. Female-as in picta but head bright olive/brown; throat and cheeks strongly washed with blue.
P.p. lorentzi: Both adults as in picta but crown and surrounding area olive/brown; cheeks blue/green, with darker green on ear coverts; rump and upper tail coverts green/yellow striped with black.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adult female but head brown with green edges to feathers.

Call:

Are described as nasal and slightly musical. Eastern birds sound harsher in tone. Err-ee note from P.p. lorentzi.

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More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

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Painted Tiger Parrot, Papua, Indonesia
© Mehd Halaouate

Did You Know?

The species which make up this genus, or group, are among the least known of all parrots.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacella picta

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not found in aviculture.

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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Painted Tiger Parrot, Papua, Indonesia
© Mehd Halaouate

Did You Know?

The species which make up this genus, or group, are among the least known of all parrots.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacella picta

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

None at present.

Range:

P.p. picta: Wharton and Owen Stanley Ranges, SE Papua New Guinea.
P.p. excelsa: Central Highlands, Papua New Guinea.
P.p. lorentzi: Snow Mountains, Irian Jaya.

Habitat:

Found in montane forest, glades and forest edge, stunted moss forest, secondary growth habitat, alpine and subalpine shrubs, between 2400-4000m (7872-13,120 ft).

Wild Diet:

Eats seeds, berries, and the fruits of Dacrydium conifers.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Feeds in low bushes, flying up to higher trees when startled. Generally quiet; seen singly, in pairs, or in groups up to six. Mixes with Madarasz's Tiger Parrot.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not recorded.

Breeding Season:

June-August, possibly.

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Painted Tiger Parrot, Papua, Indonesia
© Mehd Halaouate

Did You Know?

The species which make up this genus, or group, are among the least known of all parrots.

Academic Research

Related publications: Psittacella picta

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