Painted tiger parrot
|Painted Tiger Parrot|
The painted tiger parrot (Psittacella picta) is a species of bird from the genus family Psittacidae, which includes parrots and their allies, and found on the island of New Guinea.
The painted tiger parrot is approximately 7.4 inches in length, and weighs 1.6 to 2.3 ounces. The male has a blue-gray beak, the head is dark brown with a yellow stripe that encircles the back of the neck to either side. The back is green with black "tiger-stripe" bands, the wings and belly are green, the tail red, the tail tip green. The female does not have the yellow head-stripe; the cheeks are blue-green, and the breast is yellow with black bands above a green belly. The young chicks resemble the female, but the head is quite brown. The subspecies P. p. lorentzi has blue-green cheeks and no red at the tail's root.
Its habitat includes tropical mountain forests and sub-alpine bushy areas at an altitude of 4,500 to 6,300 feet, and subsists on a diet of fruits, seeds, berries, buds and leaves.
The three subspecies are endemic to the island of New Guinea:
- Psittacella picta excelsa; Central Highlands
- Psittacella picta lorentzi; Snow Mountains
- Psittacella picta picta; Wharton and Owen Stanley mountains