Plum-faced Lorikeet
Oreopsittacus arfaki

Plum-faced Lorikeet

15 cm.. length between 16 and 23 g. of weight.
Plum-faced Lorikeet

The hood of the Plum-faced Lorikeet (Oreopsittacus arfaki), from the top of bill up to the crown rear, is Scarlet Red ; chin and Double Chin color plum (with bluish Sheen), broken by two rows of thin stripes.

Upperparts of color green uniform with a light spread of olive in the the mantle. Wings, views from the top are green; vane internal to the flight feather, Blackish and vane external to the primaries outermost, bluish green. Underwing-coverts and axillary, red (Outer secondaries slightly marked with yellow); flight feather Blackish with yellow central band. The mauve of it chin be extended slightly in the throat; top of the chest green, Center of the chest and belly bathed in orange-red; under belly green; undertail-coverts green, lightly bathed in yellow on sides. Uppertail green, merging to blackish and ending in pinkish-Red, in the tip lighter fusion: below, the tail is red with marked with black side feathers.

The bill black; irises blackish brown; legs grey.

Female lack of top red (but you can show a bit of red on the part rear of the Crown).

Immature male with only red on the back of the crown. The young birds they look like a slightly ‘ flaky ’; also off the tip of orange-yellow color of the tail.

  • Sound of the Plum-faced Lorikeet.
[audio:HTTPS:// Bigotudo.mp3]

Description 3 subspecies

  • Oreopsittacus arfaki arfaki

    (Meyer,AB, 1874) – The nominal.

  • Oreopsittacus arfaki grandis

    : (Ogilvie-Grant, 1895) – Greater than the nominal. Lack of the flanks redorange and markings of the belly of the other two subspecies.

  • Oreopsittacus arfaki major

    : (Ogilvie-Grant, 1914) – Larger that the nominal and more red-tipped in the tail.


The distribution of the Plum-faced Lorikeet is more or less continuous in the extension of the moss forests; the species is mainly found among the 2.000 and 3,750 m, but can observe is to 1.000 m occasionally. Be found with greater frequency in pairs or small flocks very vocal. They feed acrobatically in the canopy; They also feed on plants, especially in the flowers of epiphytes, often in company of other amateur to the flowers as the lori of the gender Neopsittacus.


Habits of nesting unknown, birds in reproductive attitudes they have been observed in August and October. The display of marks under the wings have been observed in pairs and can be linked to courtship, as well as by the male head rolling.


It feeds on pollen, nectar, possibly, flowers, fruit (especially Schefflera) and berries.


Size of the area of distribution (reproduction / resident): 108.000 km2

New Guinea in Irian Java (Indonesia) and Papua New Guinea, ranging from the East ofVogelkop to the Huon peninsula and ranges from the Southeast. A small number of captive

Distribution 3 subspecies:

  • Oreopsittacus arfaki arfaki

    (Meyer,AB, 1874) – The nominal.

  • Oreopsittacus arfaki grandis

    : (Ogilvie-Grant, 1895) – Mountains of the Central and East of Papua New Guineto, including, those in the southeast of the region of the Huon peninsula and Sepik, extending to the West of Victor Emanuel Range

  • Oreopsittacus arfaki major

    : (Ogilvie-Grant, 1914) – Snow Mountains (Papua New Guinea)


• Current IUCN Red list category: Least concern

• Population trend: Stable

The world population It has not been quantified, Although it is thought of more than 300.000 specimens. The species according to information is quite common (pit et to the. 1997).

The population suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence of any reduction or substantial threats.

Lori Whiskered in captivity:

The Plum-faced Lorikeet is a bird quiet and at times active. Young birds are susceptible to stress and disease during the acclimatization; they may die suddenly without apparent cause. They become more resistant and less shy after acclimatization. You can be accommodated with members of their own species in a system of colony.

It is very rare in captivity.

Alternative names:

Plum-faced Lorikeet, Plum faced Lorikeet, Plum-faced Mountain Lory, Plum-faced Mountain-Lory, Whiskered Lorikeet (English).
Lori bridé (French).
Arfaklori, Arfakalori (German).
Lori Bigotudo, Lori de Bigotes (Spanish).

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Oreopsittacus
Scientific name: Oreopsittacus arfaki
Citation: (Meyer,AB, 1874)
Protonimo: Trichoglossus (Charmosyna) Arfaki

Plum-faced Lorikeet images:


Plum-faced Lorikeet (Oreopsittacus arfaki)


– Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
– Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr


(1) – Dansk Lori Klub
(2) – arfak lori man oreopsittacus arfaki – photobucket
(3) – By Katerina Tvardikova –
(4) – By Guy Dutson – lynx
(5) – By Katerina Tvardikova –
(6) – Illustration –

Sounds: Patrik Aberg (Xeno-canto(

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