Tiger parrot

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Tiger parrot
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Male Brehm's tiger parrot
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Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Subfamily: Psittacellinae
Genus: Psittacella
Schlegel, 1871

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Tiger parrots are members of the genus Psittacella (the only genus in the subfamily Psittacellinae) in the family Psittaculidae, named for their tiger-striped backs. Established by Hermann Schlegel in 1871, the genus contains the following species, [1] all of which are endemic to the island of New Guinea. [2]

The Brehm's tiger parrot is a small, green colored parrot, and is the largest species in the "Psittacella" genus. It measures to be around 24cm in length and weighs between 94 and 120g. Their diet consists primarily of seeds and berries.

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  2. Vriends, Mark (1999). The Parrotlet Handbook . Hauppauge, NY, US: Barron's Educational Series. p.  16. ISBN   0-7641-0962-6.

Joseph, L., Toon, A., Schirtzinger, E. E., Wright, T. F., & Schodde, R. (2012). A revised nomenclature and classification for family-group taxa of parrots (Psittaciformes). Zootaxa, 26-40.