Ornate Lorikeet

Ornate Lorikeet 25 cm. Bill orange-red; crown and ear-coverts purplish-black; face and postocular stripe red; side of neck yellow; throat and breast red broadly barred deep blue; belly green with some yellow edges,

becoming regular on thighs and below; hindneck to tail green, wings with yellow leading edge and underwing-coverts yellow; tail below dull yellow.Immature has a brownish bill and more yellow on the belly.

Systematics History

Closely related to the T. haematodus complex. Monotypic.




Sulawesi and adjacent offshore islands (Togian Is, Bangai Is, Muna, Butung, Kaledupa). Also recorded on Sangihe I and Talaud Are (possibly escapes).


Peat and freshwater swamp forest, woodland, secondary forest and forest edge, bush, and near cultivation including coconut plantations, from sea-level to 1000 m in N & C Sulawesi, to 1500 m in S.

Diet and Foraging

May concentrate in large numbers to feed in flowering trees; Tectona and Casuarina seeds reported.


Sounds and Vocal Behavior

In-flight, a rather mellow screech, “krwee!” or “hrweet!”. When perched also utters short nasal notes and several variants of the just-described screeches.


Breeding-condition birds, Sept-Oct. In captivity: two eggs, size 23·7–27·5 mm × 21·5–21·9 mm (Harrison and Holyoak 1970); incubation 27 days; nestling period 80 days.

Loki the Ornate Lorikeet – ‘Dau’

SOURCE: jachusky

Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Reported to be particularly common in coconut plantations and around villages in some parts; common in Dumoga-Bone Natio­nal Park.

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