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.
Highlands of W, C & E New Guinea from Arfak Mts (in Vogelkop Peninsula) E to the Huon Peninsula and Owen Stanley Range.
Canopy of mountain forest and edges, moss forest, adjacent savanna woodlands, generally 1000–2200 m although often lower.
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.
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally uncommon but easily overlooked; usually singly or in pairs.