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Tricolored parrotfinch

Erythrura tricolor

Description:

Blue and green bird with black beak et white striped face. The legs are pink and there are some red dots behind the eyes.

Notes:

I saw this bird in an aviary, but have no idea about its identity. Anyone can help?

1 Species ID Suggestions

Liam
Liam 9 years ago
Tricolored Parrotfinch
Erythrura tricolor Tricolored Parrotfinch


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22 Comments

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 8 years ago

Amazing colors. Good spotting Emilie!

EmilieChich
EmilieChich 9 years ago

Thanks Filippo, I think you are right.

FilippoGregorio
FilippoGregorio 9 years ago

Hello! I think it is an hybrid of Tricolored parrotfinch ( Erythrura tricolor) and Fiji parrotfinch ( Erythrura pealii).

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Malcolm...
Its hard to recognize...
http://users.skynet.be/fa398872/deforbes...

Ashish, please read the spotters notes, this bird was spotted in an aviary, not in the wild. Also these birds are interbred by the pet trade so anything anywhere goes!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Tricoloue specie find only in East Asia... Trichroa specie find across Europe and matches its plumage almost 100% as per your spotting... What Liam say...?

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

What a beauty!

EmilieChich
EmilieChich 9 years ago

Thanks for your comments, Ashish. I checked out the links, and I think it cannot be trichroa, which is all green on the breast. Tricolor is still the most likely in my opinion, but where the heck did it get those red dots?

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

This may be your spotting...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue-faced_...

EmilieChich
EmilieChich 9 years ago

I share your idea, Malcolm. This bird is probably a hybrid of the two and/or others. On the other hand, I'm not really a bird specialist, so I'd be interested to hear Liam's opinion, too.

I think that person at the zoo is not good at IDing birds! But also looking at other pictures of tricolored it does not look quite right either. Apparently these birds are interbred commercially to sell as colourful cage-birds so this one could well be a hybrid and not a true species. I'd be interested to hear Liam's thoughts on this, he is very good with birds.

EmilieChich
EmilieChich 9 years ago

I received the reply from Beauval zoo, and as promised here it is:
en réponse à votre demande nous vous informons qu'il s'agit d'un pape de Nouméa. I looked up the "pape de Nouméa" and I found Erythrura psittacea, a green bird with a red head (see the link below).
http://exopassion.pagesperso-orange.fr/_...

Unlike the photos I took, that look more like E. tricolor. But there are some red dots behind the eyes. What to think?

EmilieChich
EmilieChich 9 years ago

Thanks, Liam!

Beautiful!

Liam
Liam 9 years ago

I suspect the white markings on the face are due to a molt.

Maria dB
Maria dB 9 years ago

Lovely. And someone should know something about it as it is tagged.

harsuame
harsuame 9 years ago

La combinación de colores esta espectacular bella ave

EmilieChich
EmilieChich 9 years ago

I followed your advice, Malcolm. If I receive a reply, I will publish it here.

May I suggest that you contact the aviary using infos@zoobeauval.com with this picture so that they can tell you the full ID of this bird.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Tanager type

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Wow..its a fantastic bird...

EmilieChich
Spotted by
EmilieChich

Saint-Aignan, Pays de la Loire, Tromelin Island

Spotted on Apr 6, 2012
Submitted on Apr 6, 2012

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