Plum-faced lorikeet

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Plum-faced Lorikeet
Oreopsittacus arfaki (pair) -captive-8a-4c.jpg
Male with red crown and female with green crown
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Superfamily: Psittacoidea
Family: Psittaculidae
Subfamily: Loriinae
Tribe: Loriini
Genus: Oreopsittacus
Salvadori, 1877
Species: O. arfaki
Binomial name
Oreopsittacus arfaki
(Meyer, 1874)

The Plum-faced Lorikeet (Oreopsittacus arfaki), also known as the Whiskered Lorikeet,[2] is a species of parrot in the Psittaculidae family. It is monotypic within the genus Oreopsittacus.[2] It is found in highland forest on New Guinea.

Description[edit]

The Plum-faced Lorikeet is a mainly green small parrot about 15 cm (6 in) long with a long pointed tail. It has two white stripes under each eye. It has a narrow pointed black bill and dark-brown irises. The adult male as a red forehead and the adult female has a green forehead.[2]

Taxonomy[edit]

The Plum-faced Lorikeet is the only species of the genus Oreopsittacus and it has three subspecies:[3]

Oreopsittacus Salvadori 1877

  • Oreopsittacus arfaki (Meyer, AB 1874)
    • Oreopsittacus arfaki arfaki (Meyer, AB 1874) (red-orange abdomen)
    • Oreopsittacus arfaki grandis Ogilvie-Grant 1895 (green abdomen)
    • Oreopsittacus arfaki major Ogilvie-Grant 1914 (red-orange abdomen and larger)

Range[edit]

The Plum-faced Lorikeet's native range is the mountains between about 2000 m to 3750 m of mainland New Guinea across both the Indonesian and Papua New Guinean zones of the island.[2]

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