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Red-cheeked Parrot - BirdForum Opus

Geoffroyus geoffroyi
Photo by mehdhalaouate


25cm. Green plumage, red face violet-blue crown and back of its head, yellow-green breast, upper, and lower tail coverts, and abdomen, reddish-brown median wing coverts, blue under wing coverts, tail is yellow-green on upper side and green-yellow on the under side. Female's head is more brown, olive tinge to throat and cheeks. Juvenile birds also have an olive tinge to their cheeks and throat area.


Australia, Indonesia, Timor, Papua New Guinea, the Moluccas and the Aru Islands.



  • G.g.cyanicollis N Moluccas (Morotai, Halmahera and Bacan)
  • G.g.obiensis Central Moluccas (Obi and Bisa)
  • G.g.rhodops S Moluccas (Buru, Seram, Ambon and adjacent islands)
  • G.g.explorator Seram Laut I. (s Moluccas)
  • G.g.keyensis Kai Islands
  • G.g.floresianus W Lesser Sundas (Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores, Besar, Sumba)
  • G.g.geoffroyi E Lesser Sundas (Timor, Samau and Wetar)
  • G.g.timorlaoensis Tanimbar Islands (Arafura Sea)
  • G.g.pucherani W Papuan islands and nw New Guinea east to Etna Bay
  • G.g.minor N New Guinea (Mamberamo River to Astrolabe Bay)
  • G.g. mysorensis Biak I. and Numfor I. (n New Guinea)
  • G.g.orientalis NE New Guinea (Huon Peninsula)
  • G.g.sudestiensis Louisiade Archipelago (Misima and Tagula)
  • G.g.cyanicarpus Rossel I. (Louisiade Archipelago)
  • G.g.aruensis Aru Is., s New Guinea, Louisiade Arch. and n Queensland


Rainforest and wet scrubland.


These birds usually live in pairs. They gather in large groups to feed, their diet consisting of seeds and some nectar.

The female makes a nest in a rotting tree and usually lays 3 eggs.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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