French: Psittacule de Desmarest German: Grünnacken-Zwergpapagei Spanish: Lorito de Desmarest
Other common names:
Manokwari, New Guinea
Subspecies and Distribution
P. d. blythii
(Wallace, 1864) – Misool, in W Papuan Is.
P. d. occidentalis
(Salvadori, 1875) – W Papuan Is (Batanta, Salawati) and W Vogelkop Peninsula, in NW New Guinea.
P. d. desmarestii
(Desmarest, 1826) – E Vogelkop and Bomberai Peninsulas, E to E Geelvink Bay, NW New Guinea.
P. d. intermedia
(van Oort, 1909) – Onin Peninsula, NW New Guinea.
18–19 cm; 108–126 g. Small, stocky, large-headed parrot, with a short spiky tail, only likely to be confused with Cyclopsitta diophthalma,... read more
Most distinctive is a thin, high-pitched downslur in flight, but also gives a sharp broken note,... read more
Lowland and low hill forest, partly cleared areas, groves of casuarinas, occasionally open savanna... read more
Food and feeding
Seeds of figs and partial consumption of hard pericarp of fig noted; and use of a fig species in which the fruit grows in clusters from the... read more
Female in breeding condition in Jul, male in Aug, and colony of nests being attended in Sept. Nest in cavity high in trunk or branch of... read more
Status and conservation
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Conflicting reports exist of its general abundance, but it is generally uncommon and apparently local, and intolerant of serious habitat... read more
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