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).


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

Neopsittacus pullicauda pullicauda


  • 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.


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

Neopsittacus pullicauda alpinus


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

Upper parts are darker green.


Very rare, probably gone in the near future.

Some more pictures from the wild you can find here.

Neopsittacus pullicauda socialis


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




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