Neopsittacus musschenbroekii Schlegel, 1873

Yellow-billed lorikeet or musschenbroek's lorikeet         

Subspecies and Distribution:

Two subspecies recognized.

Neopsittacus musschenbroekii musschenbroekii (Schlegel, 1873) – NW New Guinea (mountains of Vogelkop Peninsula).

Neopsittacus musschenbroekii major (Neumann, 1924) – mountains of W, C & E New Guinea from Snow Mountains E to Huon Peninsula and Owen Stanley Range.

Ex-subspecie N.m. medius is included in major now.


Not globally threatened. CITES II.

Generally common but is suspected to be increasing as ongoing habitat degradation is creating new areas of suitable habitat.

Neopsittacus musschenbroekii musschenbroekii


  • length: 23cm (9 inch)
  • weight: 45-55 gr.

Underparts scarlet except the sides of the breast which are green.

Underwing coverts brilliant red also the underside of the flightfeathers except the green tip.

The forehead is green, crown and nape olive brown, streaked with yellow. A narrow line above the cere and lores is blackish.

Cheeks are green, streaked with dull yellow.

Central tail feathers are green tipped with yellow, and the outer feathers are green above tipped with yellow and marked with red at the base.

The underside of tail is yellow or greenish yellow and pale red.

The bill is dull yellow, the upper mandible is broad and strong much bigger then the pullicauda.

Iris is orange-brown, the cere is yellowish.


Only a few pairs left, they will be lost in the future. Probably both subspecies have being imported, all are mixed together.

Neopsittacus musschenbroekii major


  • 24cm ( 9.45 inch)

As nominate but with brighter yellowish green streaking on the cheeks.

And generally a paler plumage, particulary the underparts which or more of a scarlet shade. (Forshaw)

I am not sure which subspecies these in captivity are, maybe both as the ones below are brighter yellow.

Neopsittacus musschenbroekii major


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