Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot
Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii

Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot

11 a 13 cm.. length and a weight between 27 and 34 g..

The forecrown of the Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot (Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii), back of the crown and area behind the eyes are a deep blue; pale yellow the lores, throat and both sides of the head; black spot on the back of the cheek; Orange the top part of the abdomen; the interior of the wing-coverts Yellow-edged; wide bands of pale yellow under the wings. Bill Blackish grey. The eyes dark brown.

The female similar to the male, but pale yellow on the front of the cheeks black and white on the back. Front of the cheeks bordered below green with blue stripe; the ear-coverts on both sides of neck, orange; underparts green.

The immature as females, but orange, Since the ear-coverts and sides neck to the area below, faced with the cheeks; chest male washed with orange-brown.

  • Sound of the Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot.
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Description of the 7 subspecies
  • Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii gulielmitertii

    (Schlegel, 1866) – The nominal

  • Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii nigrifrons

    (Reichenow, 1891) – 13 cm.. length. Area of the forecrown, crown and behind the eye, black. Female without chest Neither abdomen orange, cheeks white-yellowish color bordered by a blackish band. Back of the cheeks and headphones feathers bright orange. Below the black band greenish blue. The youth they are equal to adults.

  • Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii ramuensis

    (Neumann, 1915) – It is more small, about 11 cm.., with the area of the forecrown, crown and behind the eye Black interspersed with dark blue, cheeks and headphones feathers whitish in colour. Breast and abdomen cream color. Females as males but behind the eye and cheeks with a broad black patch interspersed with dark blue. Breast whitish interspersed with orange feathers. Abdomen brighter yellowish green. The youth equal to adults.

  • Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii amabilis

    (Reichenow, 1891) – It is more small, a few 11 cm.. Front, crown and rear of the eye matte black. Cheeks Black interspersed with dark blue. Females similar to the males but with the patch from behind the eye Black interspersed with dark blue matte. Headphones feathers whitish. The juveniles as in adult females but with the upper part of the chest greener

  • Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii suavissima

    (Salvadori, 1876) – Smaller, a few 11 cm.., area of the forecrown, crown and behind the eye blue color, great patch on cheek black. Headphones feathers and cheeks white-yellowish color and chest and top of the abdomen reddish orange. The female It has a hue of different reddish orange and black spot of the cheek is Matt and interspersed with dark blue color. The youth adult females are, but marks of the head they are more off.

  • Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii fuscifrons

    (Salvadori, 1876) – As the diophthalma gulielmitertii suavissima but the area of the forecrown, crown and back of the eye, blackish brown. The females similar to the Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii suavissima But back in the cheeks, front and behind the eyes blackish brown. The youth as adult females.

  • Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii melanogenia

    (Rosenberg,HKB, 1866) – Of 11 cm.. length. The male is as the diophthalma gulielmitertii suavissima, the female also with the fused in light green Orange tones in the abdomen. The youth are like adults.


It is distributed in the rainforest, swamp forest, forest of Melaleuca , dense sheets and partially cleared areas from sea level to a 300 meters above sea level, rarely recorded in higher altitudes to the 800 m, the largest known altitude is 1.100 m.

They are usually in small groups assets of 6 a 10 individuals, whether it is flying above the treetops, or congregate where can feed on figs and other fruits in the canopy or plants at lower levels.

The feed can be difficult to detect, since they climb around the silent tree trunks, Although they can swing upside down as they feed on, sometimes dropping food.


The nests of the Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot found in arboreal termite, at the top of the trees of the forest. Up to three holes can be dug., and nesting they can be community. The nests also found at the base of a complex of epiphytes. There is little information available upon the breeding season, activity in apparent nests have been observed between the months of September and June. These sites can, However also, have been used to settle, and a record in January of a male regurgitating food near an entrance hole probably indicates breeding during that month at least.


The diet includes seeds of figs and other fruits, as well as small whole figs, nectar flower e insects occasional.


Widely distributed, abundant and easily observable in the lowland tropical rainforest, throughout much of New Guinea. The Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot most Western they are isolated, only seen in Salawati in the West of the islands of Papua, and in the lowlands of theDoberai peninsula, West Papua.

In other parts of New Guinea the range is continuous through the lowlands of the North of the eastern edge of Geelvink Bay around the Memberamo River, throughout the region of the Sepik River and the lowlands of the Huon peninsula, to Milne Bay, at the eastern end.

The range continues westward through the lowlands of southern New Guinea across regions Puari and Fly River to the lowlands of Southeast of West Papua, on the 138 ° E; also in the Aru Islands.

The Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot seems to be more common in the South of New Guinea in the North.

Distribution of the 7 subspecies
  • Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii gulielmitertii

    : The nominal

  • Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii nigrifrons

    : North of New Guinea between Mamberamo and Sepik Rivers.

  • Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii ramuensis

    : District Ramu River, North of Papua New Guinea; It is thought that it may be a cross between the nigrifrons and the amabilis, therefore, probably not a valid subspecies.

  • Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii amabilis

    : Northwest of Papua New Guinea from peninsula Huon a Milne Bay.

  • Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii suavissima

    : Southwest of Papua New Guinea West of Gulf of Papua.

  • Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii fuscifrons

    : South of New Guinea between Mimika and Fly Rivers.

  • Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii melanogenia

    : Aru Islands, Indonesia.


• Current IUCN Red list category: Least concern

• Population trend: Stable

The size of the world population It has not been quantified, due to the recent taxonomic divisions, Although it is estimated over the 100,000 specimens.

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

Orange-breasted parrot in captivity:

Rare in captivity.

Alternative names:

Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot, Blue-fronted Fig-parrot, Orange-breasted Fig Parrot, Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot (nominate), Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot (Orange-breasted) (English).
Psittacule à poitrine orange, Psittacule à poitrine orange (nominal), Psittacule à poitrine orange (nominale), Psittacule à poitrine orange (race nominale) (French).
Orangebrust-Zwergpapgei (German).
Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii (Portuguese).
Lorito de Pecho Naranja, Lorito Pechinaranja (Spanish).

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Scientific name: Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii
Citation: (Schlegel, 1866)
Protonimo: Psittacula gulielmi III

Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot images:


Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot (Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii)


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


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(2) – A female Orange-breasted Fig-parrot in the Walsrode Bird Park, Germany By Quartl (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(3) – A male Orange-breasted Fig-parrot in the Walsrode Bird Park, Germany – “Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii qtl1” by QuartlOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
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Sounds: Frank Lambert (Xeno-canto)

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