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Emerald Lorikeet

 (Neopsittacus pullicauda)

Also known as: Orange-billed Lorikeet, Orange-billed Mountain Lory, Alpine Lorikeet

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Emerald Lorikeet foraging
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Emerald Lorikeet chicks have very thick down, compared with other parrot species.

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Related publications: Neopsittacus pullicauda

Species Profile

Genus: Neopsittacus | Species: pullicauda

Size:

18cm (7 in)

Weight:

28-40g (1-1.4 oz)

Races including nominate:

three: N.p. pullicauda, N.p. alpinus, N.p. socialis

Colour Adult:

N.p. pullicauda: Both adults-crown and nape softly streaked with yellow/green; nape lightly washed olive/brown; cheeks green streaked with green/yellow; red throat to centre of abdomen; red underwing coverts and underwing band; upper tail green, underneath olive/green, with red at lateral feather bases. Bill deep orange. Eye red.
N.p. alpinus: Both adults-pale orange/red breast in contrast to dark red abdomen; upper parts darker green.
N.p. socialis: Both adults-upperparts and sides of head darker green; less olive/brown on nape.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adults but generally duller in colour, with reduced red on underparts; less visible streaking on head. Bill orange/brown.

Call:

High in pitch, quiet and musical. Somewhat similar to Musschenbroek’s Lorikeet.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

AvianWeb
Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

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Emerald Lorikeet foraging
© Mehd Halaouate

Did You Know?

Emerald Lorikeet chicks have very thick down, compared with other parrot species.

Academic Research

Related publications: Neopsittacus pullicauda

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not commonly found.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Suspended aviary 5m (16.4 ft) long x 1.2m (4 ft) wide x 1m (3.3 ft) high. Plants in walk-in aviary if possible. Concrete or tiled floor.

Diet:

Fruits such as apples and pears, but any fruit may be offered; commercial or homemade nectar; seeds from fruit (where safe); brewer's yeast, oat flakes, multi-grain mix.

Enrichment:

Loves bathing, ladders, swings, puzzle toys, noise making toys, many differing sized perches and hanging ropes. Provide flowering branches if possible (if fruit bearing make sure they are unsprayed).

Nest Box Size:

Vertical hollow log nestbox or vertical 12" x 12" x 24" box (30.5cm x 30.5cm x 61cm).

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

Not recorded.

Fledging Age:

Not recorded.

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

Specialist Club:

The Lory Link

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Emerald Lorikeet foraging
© Mehd Halaouate

Did You Know?

Emerald Lorikeet chicks have very thick down, compared with other parrot species.

Academic Research

Related publications: Neopsittacus pullicauda

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

None at present.

Range:

N.p. pullicauda: Mountains of SE New Guinea, west to Sepik River region, northern Papua New Guinea.
N.p. alpinus: Snow Mountains, Irian Jaya, east to upper Fly River region, W Papua New Guinea.
N.p. socialis: Herzog Mountains and mountains of Huon Peninsula, N Papua New Guinea.

Habitat:

Found between 1700-3800m (5576-12,464 ft); prefers moss forest and nearby partly cleared habitat; common in primary and secondary forests, mainly at margins and tall secondary growth.

Wild Diet:

Eats pollen, nectar, flowers, fruits and less often, seeds.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Is common and often seen in pairs, small groups or parties of up to 30 individuals. Travel in noisy groups. Feeds in canopy but also midway down and lower levels. Approachable and very active.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 eggs

Breeding Season:

October

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Emerald Lorikeet foraging
© Mehd Halaouate

Did You Know?

Emerald Lorikeet chicks have very thick down, compared with other parrot species.

Academic Research

Related publications: Neopsittacus pullicauda

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