Medium sized green parakeet (32cm). Breast and belly are lighter green than the back and rump. The end of the tail and flight feathers are blue. The face is dark green with a small red patch over the crown. These birds have a distinctive small crest made of 6 long feathers that curl up over the head. The bill is black. Closely related and similar in look to the Horned Parakeet of Grande Terre.
Endemic to the Island of Ouvea, a tiny Island in the Loyalty group East of Grande Terre in New Caledonia. This species is found mainly in the Northern part of the island in forest, feeding on fruits in the canopy and also on fruiting crops.
The birds numbers had declined due to habitat destruction and trapping but a local community incentive to actively try to preserve the numbers left and encourage the population to grow has worked well. Fruit growers are prepared to take some losses on their crops to enable the species to thrive. Attempts to try and relocate a population to Lifou Island have failed so far but the future for this species seems brighter.