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Oreopsittacus arfaki

Oreopsittacus arfaki (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Psittaciformes
Familia: Psittacidae
Subfamilia: Loriinae
Genus: Oreopsittacus
Species: Oreopsittacus arfaki


Oreopsittacus arfaki (Meyer, 1874)

The Plum-faced Lorikeet (Oreopsittacus arfaki), also known as the Whiskered Lorikeet,[1] is a species of parrot in the Psittacidae family. It is monotypic within the genus Oreopsittacus. It is found in highland forest on New Guinea.


The Plum-faced Lorikeet is a mainly green small parrot about 15 cm (6 in) long with a long pointed tail. It has two white stripes under each eye. It has a narrow pointed black bill and dark-brown irises. The adult male as a red forehead and the adult female has a green forehead.[1]

The Plum-faced Lorikeet is the only species of the genus Oreopsittacus and it has three subspecies:[2]

Oreopsittacus Salvadori 1877

* Oreopsittacus arfaki (Meyer, AB 1874)
o Oreopsittacus arfaki arfaki (Meyer, AB 1874) (red-orange abdomen)
o Oreopsittacus arfaki grandis Ogilvie-Grant 1895 (green abdomen)
o Oreopsittacus arfaki major Ogilvie-Grant 1914 (red-orange abdomen and larger)


The Plum-faced Lorikeet's native range is the mountains between about 2000 m to 3750 m of mainland New Guinea across both the Indonesian and Papua New Guinean zones of the island.[1]

1. ^ a b c "Forshaw (2006). plate 22."
2. ^ "Zoological Nomenclature Resource: Psittaciformes (Version 9.022)". www.zoonomen.net. 2009-03-28. http://www.zoonomen.net/avtax/psit.html.

* BirdLife International 2008. Oreopsittacus arfaki. 2008 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 25 January 2009.

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