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,
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’
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.