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Brehm's Tiger Parrot
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Male
Information
Common Name Brehm's Ground Parrot
Range West Papua and Papua New Guinea.
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Psittacoidea
Family Psittaculidae
Psittacellinae
Genus Psittacella
Species Psittacella brehmii
Conservation Status
LCSpecies
Least Concern

The Brehm's tiger parrot (Psittacella brehmii), also known as Brehm's ground parrot, is a species of small mainly green parrot found in the highlands of New Guinea, from 1,500-2,600m (extremes 1,100-3,800m). The species is named after Alfred Brehm (1829–1884), a German traveller and collector.

Taxonomy

There are four subspecies occurring in three distinct populations:

  • Psittacella brehmii brehmii: Bird's Head Peninsula, West Papua.
  • Psittacella brehmii harterti: Huon Peninsula (NE New Guinea). Paler head, less yellowish-green. Smaller.
  • Psittacella brehmii intermixta: Central highlands of New Guinea. Underparts and barring on back more yellowish-green. Larger.
  • Psittacella brehmii pallida: SE highlands of New Guinea. Like nominate but narrower bill.

In Brehm's central range the painted tiger parrot (Psittacella picta), takes over above 2700m, but that species is not found in the Huon range, where Brehm's ranges higher. They are found singly or in small groups and feed on seeds and berries in the sub-canopy or near ground level.

Description

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Female

Brehm's tiger parrot is the largest species in the genus Psittacella and is about 24 cm (9.4 in) in length and weighs between 94 to 120 g (3.3–4.2 oz). It is mainly green with a dull olive-brown head, transverse yellow and black bars on the back and rump, and red undertail coverts. Its irises are red, and its beak is blueish-grey fading to white at the tip. Its legs are grey. The male has a yellow stripe on the sides of its neck and a green breast without barring. Females lack the yellow stripe on the neck and have a yellow and black striped breast. Juveniles resemble females, but have yellowish-brown irises and a more faded green and pale-yellow barring on the breast.

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