Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Black-fronted Fig-parrot (Cyclopsitta nigrifrons)


French: Psittacule à front noir German: Schwarzstirn-Zwergpapagei Spanish: Lorito frentinegro

Cyclopsittacus nigrifrons


, 1891,

Sepik River, New Guinea


Hitherto usually treated as conspecific with C. gulielmitertii, C. amabilis and C. melanogenia, but differs from last two in characters given under those species, and from gulielmitertii in its black vs blue forehead to mid-crown and line behind eye (3); larger black mark on cheek in male (1); whitish rear ear-coverts to chin vs orange ear-coverts and blue chin patch adjoining black cheek mark in female (3). Monotypic.

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N New Guinea between E Geelvink Bay and Sepik R.

Descriptive notes

11–13 cm; 27–34 g. Previously considered to be conspecific with C. gulielmitertii (see Taxonomy comments). Dark green above; forehead to below and behind eye black;... read more


No known differences from C. gulielmitertii, with which previously considered conspecific... read more


No known differences from C. gulielmitertii.

Food and feeding

No known differences from C. gulielmitertii.


No known differences from C. gulielmitertii.


Presumably sedentary like C. gulielmitertii.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Like C. amabilis and C. gulielmitertii, this species is probably generally uncommon to rare. There is no population... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Black-fronted Fig-parrot (Cyclopsitta nigrifrons). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 16 December 2019).