Desmarest’s Golden-headed or Large Fig Parrots

The Desmarest’s Golden-headed Parrot is also known as Large Fig Parrot, Desmarest’s Lory or Desmarest’s Fig Parrots (Psittaculirostris desmarestii).

Distribution / Range

This parrot is found in the subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest areas and moist montanes in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea – locally up to 4,900 ft (~1,500 m).

Description

This parrot averages 7.2 inches (18 cm ) in length – from bill to the tip of the tail. The plumage of the nominate species, as well as the sub-species, is mainly green with a contrasting fiery-orange forehead and orange-yellow crown and nape. Blue markings are visible on the breast flight feathers. Both males and females look alike.

More Fig Parrot Information

Six well defined geographical races have been identified:

  • Desmarest’s Fig-Parrot, Golden-headed Fig-Parrot (Psittaculirostris desmarestii desmarestii) – Nominate Species … Range: Eastern Regions of the Vogelkop, Western New Guinea
    • Godman’s Fig-Parrots (Psittaculirostris desmarestii godmani)Western golden-headed Fig-Parrots (Psittaculirostris desmarestii occidentalis)Southern Fig-Parrots (Psittaculirostris desmarestii cervicalis)Van Oort’s Fig-Parrots (Psittaculirostris desmarestii intermedia)
    • Wallace’s Fig-Parrots (Psittaculirostris desmarestii blythii)

Breeding

Average clutch size: 2 eggs.

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    Approx. incubation: 22 days.

    Taxonomy

    Genus: Scientific: Psittaculirostris … English: Fig-Parrot … Dutch: Wigstaartdwergpapegaaien … German: Keilschwanzzwergpapageien … French: Lorillet

    Species: Scientific: Psittaculirostris desmarestii desmarestii … English: Desmarest’s Fig-Parrot, Golden-headed Fig-Parrot … Dutch: Desmarests Vijgpapegaai … German: Desmarest Keilschwanzzwergpapagei … French: Lorillet de Desmarest … CITES II – Endangered Species

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      Distribution: Eastern Regions of the Vogelkop, Western New Guinea 

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        Desmarest’s Golden-headed Fig Parrots: Listing of Species

         

        Desmarest’s Golden-headed or Large Fig Parrots – Listing of Species | Beauty of Birds

        Information about the Desmarest’s Golden-headed Fig Parrots

         

        Sub-species:

         

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          Godman’s Fig-Parrots:

          Distribution: Endemic to Southern New Guinea, Western New Guinea, Papua

          Genus: Scientific: Psittaculirostris … English: Fig-Parrot … Dutch: Wigstaartdwergpapegaaien … German: Keilschwanzzwergpapageien … French: Lorillet

          Species: Scientific: Psittaculirostris desmarestii godmani … English: Godman’s Fig-Parrot … Dutch: Godmans Vijgpapegaai … German: Godmans Keilschwanzzwergpapagei … French: Lorillet de Godman … CITES II – Endangered Species

           

          Western Golden-headed Fig-Parrots:

          Distribution: Endemic to Western Vogelkop, Western New Guinea, Salawati and Batanta, Western Papuan Island (Maluku province)

          Genus: Scientific: Psittaculirostris … English: Fig-Parrot … Dutch: Wigstaartdwergpapegaaien … German: Keilschwanzzwergpapageien … French: Lorillet

          Species: Scientific: Psittaculirostris desmarestii occidentalis … English: Western golden-headed Fig-Parrot … Dutch: Westelijke Vijgpapegaai … German: Westlicher Keilschwanzzwegpapagei … French: Lorillet occidental … CITES II – Endangered Species

           

          Southern Fig-Parrots:

          Distribution: Endemic to South-eastern New Guinea

          Genus: Scientific: Psittaculirostris … English: Fig-Parrot … Dutch: Wigstaartdwergpapegaaien … German: Keilschwanzzwergpapageien … French: Lorillet

          Species: Scientific: Psittaculirostris desmarestii cervicalis … English: Southern Fig-Parrot … Dutch: Zuidelijke Vijgpapegaai … German: Südlicher Keilschwanzzwergpapagei … French: Lorillet à nule bleu … CITES II – Endangered Species

           

          Van Oort’s Fig-Parrots:

          Distribution: Endemic to Onin Peninsula, Western New Guinea

          Genus: Scientific: Psittaculirostris … English: Fig-Parrot … Dutch: Wigstaartdwergpapegaaien … German: Keilschwanzzwergpapageien … French: Lorillet

          Species: Scientific: Psittaculirostris desmarestii intermedia … English: Van Oort’s Fig-Parrot … Dutch: Van Oorts’ Vijgpapegaai … German: Van Oorts Keilschwanzzwergpapagei … French: Lorillet Onin … CITES II – Endangered Species

           

          Wallace’s Fig-Parrots:

          Distribution: Endemic to Misool (Maluku Province) in Western Papuan Islands

          Genus: Scientific: Psittaculirostris … English: Fig-Parrot … Dutch: Wigstaartdwergpapegaaien … German: Keilschwanzzwergpapageien … French: Lorillet

          Species: Scientific: Psittaculirostris desmarestii blythii … English: Wallace’s Fig-Parrot … Dutch: Wallace’s Vijgpapegaai … German: Misool Keilschwanzzwergpapagei … French: Lorillet de Blyth … CITES II – Endangered Species

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