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Double-eyed Fig Parrot - BirdForum Opus

Ssp C.d.macleayana
Photo © by Mat & Cathy
Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Cyclopsitta diophthalma


Length is 13-16 cm.

  • Green
  • Red and blue facial markings
  • Males' face more red
  • Females' face more silver and blue


New Guinea and surrounding islands and Australia from Queensland to New South Wales.



Eight subspecies are recognized[1]:

  • C. d. diophthalma:
  • C. d. aruensis:
  • Aru Islands and extreme southern New Guinea
  • C. d. coccineifrons:
  • Eastern New Guinea east of Astrolabe Bay and Central Highlands
  • C. d. virago:
  • D'Entrecasteaux Archipelago (Goodenough and Fergusson)
  • C. d. inseparabilis:
  • Tagula Island (Louisiade Archipelago)
  • C. d. marshalli:
  • C. d. macleayana:
  • North-eastern Queensland (Atherton Tableland to Townsville)
  • C. d. coxeni:

The three known from Australia are geographically separated, and one of them is endangered.


Rainforests, from low riverine to lowland and high altitude. Rarely venture into adjoining eucalypt forests and woodlands.



The diet includes figs, berries, seeds, and nectar.


It excavates its own nesting hole.


Call: zzzt-zzzt or zeet-zeet.


  1. Clements, JF. 2011. The Clements Checklist of Birds of the World. 6th ed., with updates to August 2011. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press. ISBN 978-0801445019. Spreadsheet available at http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/downloadable-clements-checklist
  2. Wikipedia
  3. Morecombe, Michael, Field Guide to Australian Birds.

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