Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Dusky-cheeked Fig-parrot (Cyclopsitta melanogenia)


French: Psittacule à joues noires German: Schwarzwangen-Zwergpapagei Spanish: Lorito carinegro

Psittacula melanogenia


, 1866,

Aru Islands


Hitherto usually treated as conspecific with C. gulielmitertii, C. nigrifrons and C. amabilis, but differs from these in its whitish underwing-stripe vs all plain dark brown underwing (3) and large cheek patch in female (2), plus (vs gulielmitertii) whitish vs yellow face colour (ns[2]) and cheek patch size in male (2); (vs nigrifrons) whitish vs yellow face colour (2) and crown colour in male (ns[2]); and (vs amabilis) in latter’s creamy-yellow underparts and lack of cheek mark in male (3). Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. m. melanogenia (Rosenberg, 1866) – Aru Is.
  • C. m. fuscifrons (Salvadori, 1876) – S New Guinea.
  • C. m. suavissima P. L. Sclater, 1876 – SE New Guinea from Gulf of Papua to Milne Bay.
  • Descriptive notes

    11–13 cm; 27–34 g. Previously considered to be conspecific with C. gulielmitertii (see Taxonomy comments), which the present species is markedly smaller than (wing... read more


    No known differences between this species and C. gulielmitertii, with which... read more


    No known differences from C. gulielmitertii. Nominate occurs only to 300 m on Aru Is.

    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. Common at Crater Mountain and other parts of S of range, where at one site density estimated at 30 birds/km², and at Ok Tedi in WC... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Dusky-cheeked Fig-parrot (Cyclopsitta melanogenia). 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 10 December 2019).