Opopsitta diophthalma

Written by on November 19, 2010 in Indonesia Bird with 0 Comments

Opopsitta diophthalma, Double-eyed Fig-parrot, Nuriara Mata-ganda

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The Opopsitta-diophthalmaDouble-eyed Fig Parrots, Cyclopsitta diophthalma, are also known as Two-eyed Fig Parrots, Blue-faced or Red-faced Fig Parrots, Dwarf Fig Parrots and Lorilets. They inhabit primarily the island of New Guinea, but isolated populations are also found along the tropical Australian coast, east of the Great Dividing Range.

Double-eyed Fig ParrotsThey are difficult birds to observe in their habitat because of their small size, camouflaging plumage and rapid movement in a forest or near-forest situation. They are also usually high up in the canopy and on the edge of the foliage.

Fig-parrots feed primarily on the seeds of figs, which explains the common name. The name “double-eyed” was derived from the red patches above and below the eyes, resembling another set of eyes.

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