Orange-billed Lorikeet 18 cm; 25–40 g. Very similar to N. musschenbroekii but smaller, bill orange, no olive tinge and narrower yellow streaking on the crown;
red more continuous on underparts. Immature duller, with the reduced red, brownish bill. Race social like nominate but darker; alpinus has orange breast.
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Three subspecies were recognized.
Neopsittacus pullicauda alpinus Scientific name definitions
Neopsittacus pullicauda pullicauda Scientific name definitions
Canopy of mossy cloud forest and adjacent cleared areas on high mountains up to 3800 m, descending, albeit rarely, as low as 1600 m.
No information, but a record from as low as 800 m indicates occasional vagrancy from high elevations, and regular or irregular vertical movements may be usual.
Diet and Foraging
Somewhat more nectarivorous than congener (although both may consume flowers more than sympatric Oreopsittacus arfaki and Charmosyna papou), but also take seed cones of gymnosperm Papuacedrus papuanus, and fleshy berries of Sericolea pullei.
Sounds and Vocal Behavior
Quite vocal, and Orange-billed Lorikeet calls similar to N. musschenbroekii. These include a high-pitched up slurred “tseet!” and more complex and longer shrill vocalizations covering a wider frequency range.
Oct. Orange-billed Lorikeet Nest is reportedly in a hole in a tall tree, with 2 eggs.
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally common and little affected by habitat loss or trade.