Neopsittacus pullicauda E. J. O. Hartert, 1896

orange-billed or emerald lorikeet   


Subspecies and distribution:


3 subspecies recognized.

Neopsittacus pullicauda pullicauda (E. J. O. Hartert, 1896) – E & SE New Guinea from area around Mountain Capella to Owen Stanley Range.


Neopsittacus pullicauda alpinus (Ogilvie-Grant, 1914) – WC New Guinea from Snow Mountains to area around Mountain Capella.


Neopsittacus pullicauda socialis (Mayr, 1931) – NE New Guinea (mountains of Huon Peninsula and Herzog mountains).


Status:


Not globally threatened. CITES II. Least Concern. Generally common and little affected by habitat loss or trade.




Neopsittacus pullicauda pullicauda


Description:


  • length: 18 cm (7 inch)
  • 28-40 gr.


Smaller version of the Musschenbroek's lorikeet.

Entire underparts from throat to vent are scarlet, except the thighs and a small area on the sides (less extensive than the musschenbroek's).

Forehead is green except for a very narrow brownish- black line above the cere and along the lores.

Just below the lores and on each side of the lower mandible is a small area yellow.

Green cheeks streaked with yellow or greenish - yellow.

Crown and nape brownish - green, lightly streaked with yellow and light green.

The entire underside of the wing is scarlet, except the tips of the feathers and a narrow area on the inner webs, which are brownish.

Upperside of the tail green, underside is dull olive.

Upper mandible is orange and the lower mandible is yellow. A much smaller beak then the Musschenbroek's.

Iris is orange-brown.

Feet and skin around the eye are grey.


Aviculture:


probably none, the ones who are here, are the subspecies alpinus.


Neopsittacus pullicauda alpinus


Description:


As the nominate but the chest is more orange-red.

Upper parts are darker green.


Aviculture:


Very rare, probably gone in the near future.

Some more pictures from the wild you can find here.



Neopsittacus pullicauda socialis


Description:


as nominate but darkergreen, with less olive brown on the nape.


Aviculture:


none

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