Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Red-faced Fig-parrot (Psittaculirostris cervicalis)


French: Psittacule à nuque bleue German: Blaunacken-Zwergpapagei Spanish: Lorito nuquiazul

Cyclopsittacus cervicalis

Salvadori and D’Albertis

, 1876,

Mount Epa, New Guinea


Hitherto treated as conspecific with P. desmarestii and P. godmani, but differs from both in its rich brick-red lower face and throat (continuous with crown colour) vs yellow or green (3); royal-blue vs turquoise breastband (2); royal-blue of breastband extending up neck sides and forming broad band on nape (3). Monotypic.


Fly R E to extreme E New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

18–19 cm. Small, stocky, large-headed parrot, with a short spiky tail, only likely to be confused with P. godmani in contact zone in CS New Guinea or with ... read more


No known differences from P. desmarestii, but poorly studied.


No known differences from P. desmarestii, but poorly studied.

Food and feeding

No known differences from P. desmarestii.


No information, although presumably unlikely to differ substantially from very poorly known P. desmarestii.


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally uncommon and apparently local, and probably intolerant of serious habitat degradation, but considered to overall less at risk... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Red-faced Fig-parrot (Psittaculirostris cervicalis). 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 7 December 2019).