Yellow-billed Lorikeet


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Yellow-billed Lorikeet 21–23 cm; 41–62 g. Bill yellow; head olive-green, shading to russet on the hind crown, with light yellow streaks on the crown and dense pale greenish streaks on the face below eye; back and wings green, but wings mostly red below; throat and center of both breast and belly red; sides of the breast to lower belly and vent light green; tail green above with outer feathers basally red, yellow-orange below and at tips.
Yellow-billed Lorikeet
 Immature duller with less red on underparts. Race major larger and paler, facial streaks yellow.

Systematics History

Editor’s Note: This article requires further editing work to merge existing content into the appropriate Subspecies sections. Please bear with us while this update takes place.

Birds 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.

Subspecies


SUBSPECIES

Neopsittacus musschenbroekii musschenbroekii Scientific name definitions

Distribution
NW New Guinea (mountains of Vogelkop Peninsula).

SUBSPECIES

Neopsittacus musschenbroekii major Scientific name definitions

Distribution
mountains of W, C, and E New Guinea from Snow Mts E to the Huon Peninsula and Owen Stanley Range.

Distribution

Editor’s Note: Additional distribution information for this taxon can be found in the ‘Subspecies’ article above. In the future, we will develop a range-wide distribution article.

Habitat

Mid-montane (e.g. Nothofagus-Podocarpus) forest, edge, secondary growth, and clearings, chiefly 1560–2660 m; seems to prefer disturbed areas and groves of casuarinas in garden areas.

Yellow billed Lorikeet

Diet and Foraging

Schefflera fruits 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”.

Breeding

Sept–Jan on a circumstantial basis; however, evidence for around Jun, with a juvenile and post-breeding male in late Aug. Nest reportedly in a hole in the tree, with two eggs (two eggs in captivity).

Conservation Status

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.


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