Chalcopsitta scintillata Temminck, 1835
Subspecies and Distribution:
Chalcopsitta scintillata scintillata (Temminck, 1835) – SW & SC New Guinea from Triton Bay to Fly River.
Chalcopsitta scintillata rubrifrons (G. R. Gray, 1858) – Aru Islands.
Chalcopsitta scintillata chloroptera (Salvadori, 1876) – Upper Fly River to SE Papua New Guinea.
Not globally threatened. CITES II.
According to IUCN red list: Least concern.
The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.
Chalcopsitta scintillata scintillata
Forehead, lores, thighs and underwing coverts red.
The rest of the head black.
The underparts streaked with yellow and orange on a variable green or brownish-green background.
Also yellow shaft streaking in the neck.
A variabel amount of red in the neck and throat.
Green wings which are light green streaked.
On the rump light blue-ish green, also streaked with lighter blue-ish green.
Tail green, the underside is red at the base, and olive-yellow at the end.
Feet dark grey.
Iris is brown with inner circle of pale yellow.
The skin around the eye is grey.
A lot of variation in this birds, in colour of the streaks and the green or brownish background, and the amount of red in the chest and head!
Male is larger, with bigger head and beak.
But best sexing with DNA or endoscopic.
none, that I know of.
7 - 8 mm
Chalcopsitta scintillata rubrifrons
As nominate but the upperbreast more brown.
Streaks wider and more intensive orange streaking along the shafts of the feathers on the breast as well as the hind-neck.
A very doubtful subspecies, because in the British museum the possesses specimens from New Guinea are looking just the same as the specimens from Aru. So more investigation is needed, if it's truely a subspecies or another variation of the nominate species. (Hubers pers. comm.)
Personally I have searched for pictures from in the wild from Aru (Rubrifrons) and mainland New Guinea (nominate and chloroptera) , and can comfirm this, there is a hugh difference in the same species, and some from Aru was no different then some of the mainland. (Not only by the colour of the streaks, also the amount of brown.) I did not see Rubrifrons with yellow streaks , but the nominant vary from yellow to orange.
So the rubrifrons probably don't exist.
You can compare it as in the Pseudeos fuscata, which also have a yellow and orange phase, but are not a subspecies, as they live and breed together.
I am not saying you can not call them orange or yellow streaks, but they are probably all nominate, but it is very difficult to get pictures from the wild, so I can not prove it yet. I hope later to find more pictures from the skins in museums and/or from the wild, to find more prove.
Chalcopsitta scintillata chloroptera
Differs from the nominate, by it's green underwing coverts (green or green with red markings).
The body colour is a bit lighter and the streaks are narrower.
maybe a few single birds, almost disappeared.