Modest tiger parrot
|Modest Tiger Parrot|
|Conservation status||Least concern|
The Modest tiger parrot (Psittacella modesta) is a species of bird from the family Psittacidae, which includes parrots and their allies, and is found on the island of New Guinea.
The Modest tiger parrot is approximately 5.5 inches long and weighs 1.5 ounces. Males and females show a differently colored plumage; the male has a gray beak, a dark-brown head, but unlike other tiger parrots there is no yellow head stripe. The neck is brown-black banded, back, wing and tail top are green, tail bottom gray. The breast is brown-orange, the belly bright green. The main difference in the feathers of the female is the black-brown-yellow banding on the chest and belly. Young chicks resemble the females.
Its habitat includes tropical mountain forests and bushy areas at a height of 5,200 to 8,500 feet, in which this species overlaps with the habitat of Madarasz's tiger parrot (Psittacella madaraszi). Like the other tiger parrots, it subsists on fruits, seeds, berries, buds and leaves.
The three subspecies are endemic to New Guinea:
- Psittacella modesta collaris; southern slopes of Snow Mountains
- Psittacella modesta modesta; Vogelkop Mountains
- Psittacella modesta subcollaris; northern slope of Snow Mountains east to Hindenburg Range