Papuan King-Parrot
Alisterus chloropterus

Papuan King-Parrot

36 cm.. length between 138 and 190 g. of weight.

The Papuan King-Parrot (Alisterus chloropterus) It has a bright red head, wide rear collar of blue stretching at the nape to the back of the Crown and sides of the upper part of the chest. Blackish green mantle, apparently black in the field; lower part of the back, buttocks and supracaudales coverts Dark Violet.

Dark green wings with large patch of yellowish-green through the lower, internal medium and more large inner coverts; Green flight feathers, with vane Dark internal. Under, the wing coverts blue-violet. Bright red bottoms, with hidden dark bases to the coverts infracaudales. Upper, tail bluish black; Black down.

Black beaks with a red upper mandible base; Orange iris; feet of color grey blackish.

The female of color green for over, devoid of the pale in wings patch, with a dark blue rump and blackish tail. Head and upper part of the chest of green (reddish mottled), and the rest of of the Red bottoms. Under, the Green wing coverts. Coverts with dark centers infracaudales, but this is less evident in the Australian females. That base with more Brown in the upper jaw in males.

Young as females, but with tips to the tail feathers pink, a greener chest, and a peak and iris darker.

  • Sound of the Papuan King-Parrot.
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Subspecies description

  • Alisterus chloropterus chloropterus

    (Ramsay, EP 1879), the nominal subspecies.

  • Alisterus chloropterus callopterus

    (Albertis & Salvadori 1879) – Male with blue band narrow through the mantle, It does not extend to the rear of the Crown. More green in the mantle.

  • Alisterus chloropterus moszkowskii

    (Reichenow 1911) – Sexes generally similar. Male has no or only shows a blue light in the back of the neck band, and it has the mantle and signs on the sides of the chest of green. Male with violet that extends more down in the back that the nominal species. Both sexes can display tips pink tail feathers. Immature with narrower and more off the wings patch. Green marks on the chest.


They are distributed in the dense forests from close to sea level until the 2.800 m. The birds are also sometimes found in cultivated areas, at higher altitudes, in more open habitats with casuarinas, and in areas of secondary growth. To the Papuan Parrot hears them more frequently of what seen, and are more frequently asked vislumbrados flying between the trees through breaks in the forest.

Bird alone, couples or groups of up to ten copies, they feed on silently and discreetly in the lower floors and half-height of the forests, and they can be addressed a short distance when they deliberately leave in search of fruits, seeds, berries and nuts; When resent, they usually only fly within walking distance.


Little-known cycle of reproduction, but nesting, According to sources, begins in the month of March with two or three eggs in the implementation. The period of incubation is of 21 days, and the incipient takes 35 days. Young people reach the independence in 50 days.


Fruits, seeds, berries and nuts


Size of the area of distribution (reproduction / resident): 324.000 km2

The Papuan King-Parrot extends from North of Cenderawasih Bay, to the East, about Aitape on the North Coast. Although locally common, the species is probably suffering due to the trade of birds. The world population is estimated at around 70.000 birds.

Distribution of subspecies:


• Current red list category of the UICN: Least concern

• Population trend: Stable

The size of the world's population has not been quantified, Although it is estimated at around 70,000 specimens.

The species is reported as locally common (pit et to the. 1997).

The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence of any reduction or substantial threats.

Papuan parrot in captivity:

Active Parrot; need extra space because of the tendency that has to turn into an apathetic or lethargic in a small cage bird. It is not very loud. The dietary changes must occur slowly. It has a tendency to internal parasites.

Very rare in captivity.

Alternative names:

Papuan King-Parrot, Green-winged King Parrot, Green-winged King-Parrot, Papuan King Parrot (English).
Perruche à ailes vertes, Perruche royale à ailes vertes, Perruche royale de Papouasie (French).
Papuasittich (German).
Periquito-rei-de-asa-verde (Portuguese).
Papagayo Papú, Papagayo Real de Alas Verdes (Spanish).

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Alisterus
Scientific name: Alisterus chloropterus
Citation: (Ramsay, EP, 1879)
Protonimo: Aprosmictus chloropterus

Papuan King-Parrot Images:


Papuan King-Parrot (Alisterus chloropterus)


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


(1) – “Alisterus chloropterus-Jurong Bird Park-male-8a” by Peter Tan – originally posted to Flickr as Australian King Parrot. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
(2) – “Alisterus chloropterus-Grant’ s picnic ground-in tree-8” by Jade Craven – originally posted to Flickr as King Parrot at Grants Picnic Ground. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
(3) – Birds and Birds – Parrocchetto reale aliverdi
(4) – Bottom view of a male perched on a branch by Carmelo López – Lynx
(5) – franz.kulman

Sounds: Sam Woods (Xeno-canto)

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