Orange-billed Lorikeet


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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.

Orange-billed Lorikeet

Systematics History

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Three subspecies were recognized.

Subspecies


SUBSPECIES

Neopsittacus pullicauda alpinus Scientific name definitions

Distribution
WC New Guinea from Snow Mts to the area around Mt Capella.

SUBSPECIES

Neopsittacus pullicauda socialis Scientific name definitions

Distribution
NE New Guinea (mountains of the Huon Peninsula and Herzog Mts).

SUBSPECIES

Neopsittacus pullicauda pullicauda Scientific name definitions

Distribution
E and SE New Guinea from the area around Mt Capella to Owen Stanley Range.

Habitat

Canopy of mossy cloud forest and adjacent cleared areas on high mountains up to 3800 m, descending, albeit rarely, as low as 1600 m.

Movement

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 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.

Breeding

Oct. Nest is reportedly in a hole in a tall tree, with 2 eggs.

Orange billed Lorikeet

Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally common and little affected by habitat loss or trade.


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