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Madarasz's Tiger Parrot - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by wintibird
Enga Province, Papua New Guinea, 15 August 2023
Psittacella madaraszi


14 cm.


  • Green plumage
  • Pale brownish head with yellow mottling
  • Brownish throat merging into green on breast
  • Red undertail-coverts
  • Barred rump


  • Greenish head
  • Crown to back and rump black-and-green barred with reddish undertone on nape

Immatures like female. huonensis with more yellow on crown and female lacking orange on nape, hallstromi male darker and female brighter than nominate, major is slightly larger.

Similar species

Very similar to Modest Tiger Parrot but note paler head and yellow marks on lower face. Also yellow mottling of nape never formes a collar.


Endemic to the mountains of New Guinea.
Uncommon in its range, regularly recorded below Tari Gap, Papua New Guinea.


Four subspecies recognized:

  • P. m. major in west New Guinea (Weyland Mountains and northern slope of Snow Mountains)
  • P. m. hallstromi in the central Highlands and Hindenburg Range of New Guinea
  • P. m. huonensis in northeast New Guinea (mountains of Huon Peninsula)
  • P. m. madaraszi in the mountains of southeast New Guinea


Montane forest, forest edge and secondary growth.
Occurs mainly from 1150 to 2500 m.



Feeds on fruits, seeds, berries and leaf pulp. Seen feeding at the base of arboreal ant plants.


Birds in breeding condition recorded in June and September. No other information.


No information.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved December 2014)

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