Oreopsittacus arfaki, Plum-faced Lorikeet, Perkici Arfak

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Oreopsittacus arfaki, Plum-faced Lorikeet, Perkici Arfak

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The Plum-faced Lorikeet (Oreopsittacus arfaki), also known as the Whiskered Lorikeet, is a species of parrot in the Psittacidae family. It is the only member of 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.
Taxonomy

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

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)

Range

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.

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