Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Edwards's Fig-parrot (Psittaculirostris edwardsii)


French: Psittacule d’Edwards German: Edwardszwergpapagei Spanish: Lorito de Edwards

Cyclopsittacus Edwardsii


, 1885,

Kafu, New Guinea




NC & NE New Guinea from Yos Sudarso Bay E to Huon Peninsula.

Descriptive notes

18 cm; 105 g. Forehead and mid-crown bright green, isolated by broad black line through eye to hindcrown and nape; elongated feathers of anterior face red, posterior (ear-... read more


Not well documented. Calls include a double-noted “screet-screet”, heard both in flight and when... read more


Lowland and hill forest and edge, also partly cleared land.

Food and feeding

Figs are the only certainly recorded food; other reports are of fruits of casuarinas and other trees; birds sometimes feeding in large... read more


Apparent nest-site occupation observed, Jan–May; juvenile collected in Jul; courtship and nest prospection in Oct. Presumed nest-... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Locally common to very common, with as many as 400 recorded in a foraging flock. A total... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Edwards's Fig-parrot (Psittaculirostris edwardsii). 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 14 December 2019).