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
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 family Psittaculidae. It is monotypic within the genus Oreopsittacus.[2] It is found in the New Guinea Highlands.


The plum-faced lorikeet is a mainly green small parrot about 15 cm (5.9 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 has a red forehead and the adult female has a green forehead.[2]


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)


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]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Oreopsittacus arfaki". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Forshaw (2006). plate 22."
  3. ^ "Zoological Nomenclature Resource: Psittaciformes (Version 9.022)". 2009-03-28.

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