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Yellow-billed Lorikeets from W & C New Guinea (Snow Mts E to Sepik R region) are sometimes awarded race medius, but better treated within major. Two subspecies were recognized.
Neopsittacus musschenbroekii musschenbroekii Scientific name definitions
Neopsittacus musschenbroekii major Scientific name definitions
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Mid-montane (e.g. Nothofagus-Podocarpus) forest, edge, secondary growth, and clearings, chiefly 1560–2660 m; seem to prefer disturbed areas and groves of casuarinas in garden areas.
Diet and Foraging
Yellow-billed Lorikeet eats Schefflera fruits were recorded, also other fruits, berries, small hard seeds, caterpillars, and lerps; also flowers of tall eucalypts and of weeds at ground level.
Sounds and Vocal Behavior
Quite vocal. Mainly high-pitched shrill notes such as “tseet!” (also heard in flight) and similar-sounding more modulated variations. Also a double-note “tsee-chew” and chattering “chi-chi-chi-chi”.
Sept–Jan on a circumstantial basis; however, evidence for around Jun, with a juvenile and post-breeding male in late Aug. Yellow-billed Lorikeet Nest reportedly in a hole in the tree, with two eggs (two eggs in captivity).
Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common; one of few mid-montane birds to have profited from human clearance of forest, being numerous in cleared areas around villages.