Papuan King Parrot (Alisterus chloropterus)

The Papuan King Parrot (Alisterus chloropterus) is a species of parrot found in the rainforests of New Guinea and neighboring islands. It is also known as the Papuan Lorikeet or the Green King Parrot due to its bright green plumage. It is a medium-sized parrot, with an average length of approximately 34 cm.

Male and female Papuan King Parrots are nearly identical in appearance, with bright green feathers covering their body, wings and tail. The feathers around their eyes are blue, while their beak is a bright red. The legs and feet are grayish-white. However, the males have a slightly larger head and beak compared to the female.

These birds thrive in the dense rainforests of New Guinea, up to an elevation of 2000 meters. They are often found in pairs or small groups, and are known to be vocal animals. They have a variety of sounds they use to communicate with each other, from simple chirps to loud squawks.

Papuan King Parrots feed on a variety of foods, including fruits, nectar, flowers, and seeds. They have a brush-like tongue that they use to collect nectar, which is their main source of energy. They also play an important role in the pollination of various plant species in their habitat.

The Papuan King Parrots breed during the rainy season in New Guinea, which is between October and March. The female lays up to three eggs in a nest made of leaves and sticks. The male helps incubate the eggs, and both parents feed and care for the chicks until they fledge.

Papuan King Parrots are not considered endangered, although their population is declining in some areas due to habitat loss and hunting. In some parts of New Guinea, they are hunted for their meat, feathers, and as pets. Conservation efforts are ongoing to protect their habitat and raise awareness about the importance of these beautiful birds.

In summary, the Papuan King Parrot is a stunning species of parrot found in the rainforests of New Guinea. With their bright green plumage, they play an important role in the pollination of plants in their habitat, and are an important part of the ecosystem. While they face threats from habitat loss and hunting, conservation efforts will help preserve these beautiful birds for future generations to enjoy.

Other names

Alisterus chloropterus



Papuan King Parrot

papagai de Nova Guinea



zelenokrila papiga

papoušek karmínový

Grønvinget Kongeparakit



Perruche à ailes vertes


Pappagallo re papua


žaliasparnė karališkoji lora


szkarłatka żółtoskrzydła


Желтоплечий королевский попугай

Zelenokrili kraljevski papagaj

kráľčik zelenokrídly

Papagayo papú

grönvingad kungspapegoja

Papua Kral Papağanı

алістер жовтоплечий

paapua kuningpapagoi

zöldszárnyú királypapagáj

Nuri-raja sayap-kuning