Painted tiger parrot

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Painted tiger parrot
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Superfamily: Psittacoidea
Family: Psittaculidae
Subfamily: Psittacellinae
Genus: Psittacella
Species: P. picta
Binomial name
Psittacella picta
Rothschild, 1896

The painted tiger parrot (Psittacella picta) is a species of parrot in the family Psittaculidae. It is mainly found in Papua New Guinea.

Description[edit]

The painted tiger parrot has green wings and tail, red cap, yellow eye, red rump and tiger stripes on its back and belly.

Distribution & population[edit]

The total population of the painted tiger parrot is unknown, but wildlife surveys indicate that the population is stable and locally common. It is found through out much of the Bismarck Range and Owen Stanley Range in the provinces of Western Province, Hela Province, Enga Province, Southern Highlands Province, Western Highlands Province, Chimbu Province, Eastern Highlands Province, Morobe Province, Central Province, Oro Province, and Milne Bay Province.[2]

Ecology[edit]

The painted tiger parrot occurs in montane and subalpine forests and shrub at elevations of 2,400-4,000 m. Often, this species is seen in cautiously feeding in low bushes, eating a variety of seeds, berries, and small fruits of dacrydium conifers. It is also known to feed alongside Madarasz's tiger parrot. When startled, it flies into the canopy. This species is usually seen in pairs of groups of up to six birds.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Psittacella picta". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Painted Tiger-parrot (Psittacella picta) - BirdLife species factsheet". datazone.birdlife.org. Retrieved 2017-03-23. 
  3. ^ Trust, World Parrot. "Painted Tiger Parrot (Psittacella picta) | Parrot Encyclopedia". www.parrots.org. Retrieved 2017-03-27.