Erythrura Papuana


Common Names: Papuan Parrot FinchPapuan Parrot Finch

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No subs-species are known.

Geographic Distribution: Click to see a larger map.

This species distributed in New Guinea and found primarily at high altitudes in the mountains.

Native Habitat: 

They can be found in the forest edges and sometimes in flocks feeding on grass fields.


Length: 6  inches (15 to 16 cm). Juvenile Papuan Parrot Finch

Male: The Papuan Parrot finch resembles the well established Blue faced parrot finch. The Papuan is a much larger bird. The face mask extends beyond the eyes and the throat is blue. The green coloration of the plumage is a vivid green. The rump and tail feathers are red. The beak is black and large.

Female: The females plumage is less vivid.

Avicultural Notes: 

The Papuan Parrot finch is not very well known in captivity. Birds have been imported  with no real success in establishing the species.  The little information known has been provided by a German aviculturist by the name of Herr R. Neff (1970). Mr. Neff kept a pair of Papuan Parrot Finches. He feed them various grasses, dry canary seed, white millet and green food. Mealworms and ant pupae where offered at first, but not accepted until a few months went by in a captive setting. Prof. Dr. V. Ziswiler studied this species and considered that fig seeds was a main food source in the wild.  No current breeding data has been published.Papuan Parrot Finches


Blue/black headed: In this mutation the red color of the head is replaced with a dark blue/black. It has been noted that this coloration is more prevalent on females, and it is naturally occurring color in the wild.

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