Belongs within: Psittaciformes.Contains: Micropsitta, Prioniturus, Eclectus, Psittacula, Alisterus, Platycercini, Psittacella, Loriinae, Agapornis, Loriculus. The Psittaculidae are a clade of brightly coloured parrots united by molecular data. The greater diversity of species are found in southern Asia and Australasia with the genus Agapornis found in Africa. The tail may be particularly long in species of the… Continue reading Psittaculidae


Belongs within: Telluraves.Contains: Cacatuidae, Psittacidae, Psittaculidae. The Psittaciformes, including the parrots and their fossil relatives, are zygodactyl birds of which living species possess a robust bill specialised for breaking open seeds and nuts. Known stem parrots from the Eocene of Europe and India include the Quercypsittidae and Psittacopes lepidus. Psittacopes lepidus, from the Messel Formation… Continue reading Psittaciformes


Belongs within: Psittacidae. Psittacus is a genus of parrots including the African grey parrot Psittacus erithacus, a predominantly grey-coloured parrot with a red tail. <==Psittacus Linnaeus 1758B94 |–P. accipitrinus Linnaeus 1758L58 |–P. aeruginosus Linnaeus 1758L58 |–P. agilis Linnaeus 1758L58 |–P. ararauna Linnaeus 1758L58 |–P. aurorae Linnaeus 1758L58 |–P. autumnalis Linnaeus 1758L58 |–P. borneus Linnaeus 1758L58… Continue reading Psittacus


Belongs within: Psittaciformes.Contains: Poicephalus, Psittacus, Androglossini, Brotogeris, Forpus, Arini. The Psittacidae are a group of parrots that were treated by Joseph et al. 2012 as uniting the African Psittacinae with the Neotropical Arinae. Earlier authors had commonly used ‘Psittacidae’ in a broader sense covering most or all of the living parrots. The Psittacinae have also… Continue reading Psittacidae


Belongs within: Loriinae. The rosy birds Published 13 January 2015 In taxonomic days of yore, it was a not uncommon practice for new genera to be baptised under the names of classical figures: gods, heroes, emperors, even the occasional prophet (the practice only died down once the barrel of available names became largely empty). In… Continue reading Eos


Belongs within: Platycercini. Platycercus includes the rosellas, medium-sized long-tailed parrots native to Australia. Members of the genus have mottled backs, with lighter edges around the dark feathers, and contrasting blue, yellow or white cheek patches. Examples include the crimson rosella P. elegans of eastern Australia, which is predominantly red with blue cheeks, wings, tail and… Continue reading Platycercus


Belongs within: Psittaculidae.Contains: Cyanoramphus, Platycercus. The Platycercini include the broad-tailed parrots, a group of small to medium-sized, long-tailed parrots found in the Australasian region. With the exception of the basal genera Neopsephotus and Neophema, members of this group share a derived hypotarsal morphology in which the tendons of musculus flexor perforans digiti III and musculi… Continue reading Platycercini


Belongs within: Loriinae. The genus Trichoglossus includes the rainbow lorikeet T. haematodus and related species found in tropical Australasia and the islands of south-east Asia. Members of this genus often have a barred upper breast and/or relatively long tails. Subspecies of the rainbow lorikeet are predominantly green, often with a blue crown, yellow band around… Continue reading Trichoglossus


Belongs within: Psittaculidae. A king among parrots Published 28 June 2011 For today’s post, I’m looking at the king parrots of the genus Alisterus. There are three recognised species in this genus: the Australian king parrot Alisterus scapularis of eastern Australia, the green-winged or Papuan king parrot A. chloropterus of central and eastern New Guinea,… Continue reading Alisterus