Desmarest's Golden-headed or Large Fig Parrots

Western Golden-headed Fig Parrots

Keeping and Breeding Fig Parrots

Diet of / Feeding Your Fig Parrots

Fig Parrots - General Info

Photos of Different Fig Parrot Species for Identification

Fig Parrot Species ... Large Fig Parrot Sub-Species


The Desmarest's Golden-headed Parrot is also known as Large Fig Parrot, Desmarest's Lory or Desmarest's Fig Parrots (Psittaculirostris desmarestii).


Distribution / Range

This parrot is found in the subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest areas and moist montanes in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea - locally up to 4,900 ft (~1,500 m).



This parrot averages 7.2 inches (18 cm ) in length - from bill to the tip of the tail. The plumage of the nominate species, as well as the sub-species, is mainly green with a contrasting fiery-orange forehead and orange-yellow crown and nape. Blue markings are visible on the breast flight feathers. Both males and females look alike.


Six well defined geographical races have been identified:



Average clutch size: 2 eggs.

Approx. incubation: 22 days.



Genus: Scientific: Psittaculirostris ... English: Fig-Parrot ... Dutch: Wigstaartdwergpapegaaien ... German: Keilschwanzzwergpapageien ... French: Lorillet

Species: Scientific: Psittaculirostris desmarestii desmarestii ... English: Desmarest's Fig-Parrot, Golden-headed Fig-Parrot ... Dutch: Desmarests Vijgpapegaai ... German: Desmarest Keilschwanzzwergpapagei ... French: Lorillet de Desmarest ... CITES II - Endangered Species

Distribution: Eastern Regions of the Vogelkop, Western New Guinea 

Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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