Painted Tiger-Parrot
Psittacella picta

Painted Tiger-Parrot

19 cm.. length and a weight between 48 and 60 g..

In adults of the Painted Tiger-Parrot (Psittacus erithacus), the head is predominantly Brown, but the colors of the top they are bright and warm, While the cheeks they are more off and more grey. A collar Yellow Strait decorates the neck. The plumage is green with black stripes. Rump and uppertail-coverts red. The wings They show a green with yellow stripes on the external threads and the flight feather. The underparts is yellowish-green.

The chin is brown, the upper part of the chest It has a central patch of blue. The coverts are orange-red. The rest of them underparts are a green medium, slightly clearer that the upperparts. The upper part of the tail is dark green. The bottom of the tail is blackish grey.

The bill is light grey and blue color with a white tip. The irises are reddish orange, the legs dark gray.

The collar Yellow is absent in the female. The cheeks they are dyed blue. The chest black and yellow colors absent. In the upperparts abounds over the scratched.

The immature they are similar to females.

  • Sound of the Painted Tiger-Parrot.
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Distribution 3 subspecies

  • Psittacella picta picta

    (Rothschild, 1896) – Nominal.

  • Psittacella picta lorentzi

    – (Victoria, 1910) Adults as the nominal species but the crown and the surroundings are color marron-oliva; cheeks teal, with a green darker in ear-coverts; rump and uppertail-coverts greenish yellow striped with black.

  • Psittacella picta excelsa

    – (Mayr & Gilliard, 1951) Males as the nominal, but the Crown is colored bright marron-oliva. The female is like the female of the nominal species but with the head color glossy marron-oliva; the throat and cheeks heavily washed in blue.


The Painted Tiger-Parrot they live in the mountains, in forest areas where can be seen especially at edges and clearings. They are also found in the moss-covered forests, the secondary forest, and in the thickets of Alpine and subalpine areas. These birds can be downloaded at 1.370 m. In the southeast of its distribution area, they tend to be distributed at lower altitudes than in other places. However, their preferred Habitat is between the 2.400 and 4.000 m, just above the Brehm's Tiger-Parrot (Psittacella brehmii).

The birds are generally quiet, but not shy, and move individually, in pairs or in groups of up to six members; It has been observed feeding on groups, mixed with the Madarasz's Tiger-Parrot. They often feed in low bushes or on the ground.


Little is known of the ecology of the species and the only information about the reproductive behavior is that in terms of breeding birds have been observed in the months of June and August.


The diet It includes seeds, berries and fruit of conifers Dacrydium.


Endemic to the central band of the mountain of New Guinea. Restricted to the high montane forests, from the West of the Maoke through the central mountains, including the Tari region, about Kandep, Mount Hagen, Monte, Kubor up to the Owen Stanley mountain range in the Southeast. The world's population is believed to be superior to the 100.000 specimens.

Distribution 3 subspecies:

  • Psittacella picta picta

    (Rothschild, 1896) – Nominal.

  • Psittacella picta lorentzi

    – It is located on the westernmost stretch (Sudirman mountains).

  • Psittacella picta excelsa

    – Occupied the mountains Central of Papua New Guinea.


• Current IUCN Red list category: Unrecognized

According to “The World Parrot Trust“, in accordance with Tony Juniper, the world's population is superior to 100 000 individuals.

According to the Manual, This species, Although relatively dispersed, It may be locally common. Despite its small extension, is classified as “least concern” by ornithological organizations.

Lorito-painted tiger in captivity:

Not found in poultry.

Alternative names:

Painted Tiger-Parrot, Painted Parrot, Painted Tiger Parrot, Timberline Parrot, Timberline Tiger-Parrot (English).
Perruche peinte (French).
Braunscheitelpapagei, Braunscheitel-Papagei (German).
Psittacella picta (Portuguese).
Lorito Pintado, Lorito tigre Pintado, Lorito-tigre Pintado (Spanish).

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Psittacella
Scientific name: Psittacella picta
Citation: Rothschild, 1896
Protonimo: Psittacella picta


Painted Tiger-Parrot (Psittacella picta)


– Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
– Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr


(1) – Psittacella picta near Lake Habbema – BIRDING AROUND THE WORLD

Sounds: Hans Matheve (Xeno-canto)

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