Madarasz's tiger parrot
|Madarasz's Tiger Parrot|
|Conservation status||Least concern|
Madarasz's tiger parrot (Psittacella madaraszi) is a species of bird of the family Psittacidae, and named for Hungarian ornithologist Gyula von Madarász, who undertook several research trips to Southeast Asia in the 19th century.
Madarasz's tiger parrot is a small parrot, with a length of 5.5 inches, and a body weight of 1.4-1.5 ounces. The basic color of the plumage is green. The beak is bluish, the eyes red. The male has a brown head with yellow spots in the neck; the brown color of the head does not extend down to the belly. The female has a green head with bluish forehead. From the head, a brown-green banding runs down over the back. The young birds resemble the female.
The four subspecies live in the tropical forested mountains of the island of New Guinea:
- Psittacella madaraszi hallstromi; Central Highlands and Hindenburg Range
- Psittacella madaraszi huonensis; mountains of Huon Peninsula
- Psittacella madaraszi madaraszi; southeastern Owen Stanley range
- Psittacella madaraszi major; Weyland Mountains; north slope of Snow Mountains
Its diet consists of fruits, seeds, berries, and leaves.