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DOUBLE-EYED FIG PARROT


Photo: C & D Frith
Australian Tropical Birds

DOUBLE-EYED FIG PARROT
Psittaculirostris diophthalma 13-15 cm

      The Double-eyed Fig Parrot is Australia's smallest parrot.

      It is found in three distinct populations down the east coast of Australia from Cape
        York Peninsula to northern New South Wales.

      Both sexes have a red forehead, but the males also have a red cheek patch, as
        opposed to the females' which is usually yellow. 

      Their eggs are laid in holes in dead, sometimes perilously shaky, trees.

      Unlike many larger parrots, fig parrots feed very quietly on the kernels of many tiny
        seeds, including those of figs, buttonwood and ironwood. 

      Seen ideally three or four times each year around the weeping native fig trees at
        Lake Eacham and near
Chambers Wildlife Rainforest Lodges , which set fruit and
        attract these parrots. 

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