Modest Tiger Parrot (Psittacella modesta)

Modest Tiger Parrot

Modest Tiger Parrot

[order] PSITTACIFORMES | [family] Psittacidae | [latin] Psittacella modesta | [authority] Schlegel, 1873 | [UK] Modest Tiger Parrot | [FR] Perruche olive | [DE] Olivpapagei | [ES] Lorito Tigre Modesto | [NL] Kleine Tijgerparkiet | [copyright picture] Nik Borrow


Monotypic species


Psittacella is the sole extant representative of a lineage that branched very early in the history of Australo-Papuan parrot fauna Psittacella inhabits the tropical
rain-forests of New Guinea. Its taxonomy has been much debated. The genus is not disputed but its placement in higher level taxonomy has,

Physical charateristics

P.m. modesta: male- dark brown forehead, lores and crown; dull olive/yellow nape and hindneck, the feathers margined with brown; olive/brown head, turning paler on throat and breast; red undertail coverts; green upperparts, the feathers finely edged with black; green uppertail. Bill blue/grey tipped with white. Eye orange. Female- brown head; orange breast, the feathers widely margined dark brown; yellow and green/brown barring on sides of abdomen. P.m. collaris: male- as in modesta, but has irregular yellow collar below brown on hindneck; red/brown tinge on throat and sides of head. Female- as in modesta, but with faint yellow markings on hindneck. P.m. subcollaris: male- as in collaris, but with thinner, brighter yellow collar on hindneck; darker brown head; darker green upperparts. Female- as in modesta, but darker brown head; some birds have faint yellow collar on hindneck.

Listen to the sound of Modest Tiger Parrot

[audio: Tiger Parrot.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

recorded by Patrik Aberg

wingspan min.: 14 cm wingspan max.: 15 cm
size min.: 14 cm size max.: 15 cm
incubation min.: 0 days incubation max.: 0 days
fledging min.: 0 days fledging max.: 0 days
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Australasia : New Guinea


Found from 1700-2800m in montane rainforest, moss forest, forest edge and secondary growth forest. Is a quiet bird found singly or in pairs, creeping slowly through the mid or lower storey forest. Is fairly approachable in the wild, only flying a short distance away when disturbed.


No data

Feeding habits

Diet includes seeds and small fruits. Pieces of hard berries found in stomach of speciemen.

Video Modest Tiger Parrot


copyright: Helmut Schenkel Brunner


Although this species may have a restricted range, it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Modest Tiger Parrot status Least Concern


Resident throughout range

Distribution map

Modest Tiger Parrot distribution range map

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