Pygmy Lorikeet


Pygmy Lorikeet 13 cm. Green above, yellowish-green below; mid- to hind crown purple with blue streaks; hindneck stained brownish; thin yellow streaks on breast; underwing-coverts and broadband on the underside of flight-feathers red; lower back red, rump cobalt; underside of tail red basally; bill yellowish-orange; legs grey. Female lacks red on the rump. Immature lacks crown and breast streaks.

Pygmy Lorikeet

Systematics History

Monotypic.

Subspecies

Monotypic.

Distribution

Highlands of W, C & E New Guinea from Arfak Mts (in Vogelkop Peninsula) E to the Huon Peninsula and Owen Stanley Range.

Habitat

Canopy of mountain forest and edges, moss forest, adjacent savanna woodlands, generally 1000–2200 m although often lower.

Movement

Appears to show some nomadism in response to the flowering of certain trees, and regular appearance in the period May–Nov occurs at 220 m near Port Moresby. In one upland area, only recorded at peak flowering times.

Diet and Foraging

Pollen and nectar; recorded trees include eucalypts and Castanopsis oaks, and inflorescences of Elaeocarpus.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Not very vocal. Mainly utters faint high-pitched calls such as “tss tss tsee”. Flight call was high-pitched and hoarse.

Breeding

No information.

Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally uncommon but easily overlooked; usually singly or in pairs.


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