Red-collared Lorikeet


Red-collared Lorikeet 26 cm; 103–140 g; wingspan 46 cm. Previously treated as conspecific with other members of the T. haematodus complex, with which it is in apparently close contact (perhaps overlap), in Australia, with just one, T. moluccanus.

Red-collared Lorikeet parrot

Compared to the latter, rubritorquis is fairly distinct, with a greenish-black (not violet-blue) belly, broad orange-red (not green) nuchal collar, prominent blue band on the mantle (bordered below by orange-red), has more yellow on thighs, vent, and under tail-coverts, and a much broader yellow band on the underside of flight feathers.

Differs in some of the same characters (e.g. color of hind collar  ) from T. haematodus, but also lacks barred breast of latter and has paler blue face and head, and more orange underwing-coverts.


Bill orange with a yellow tip, eyes orange-red, and legs and feet grey. Sexes alike. Immature duller than an adult, with less distinct and narrower hind collar, dark brown bill with yellow-orange tip, brown eyes and yellowish legs and feet.

Systematics History

Occasionally treated in Australian literature as separate species from Rainbow Lorikeet T. haematodus, but this is appropriate only with revision, as here, of entire Rainbow Lorikeet complex:

Up Close with a Red-collared lorikeet


differs from T. moluccanus in its fiery-orange vs pale green hindcollar (3); blue vs green nape (2); black vs blue belly (2);
and from T. forsteni in its fiery-orange vs yellowish-green hind collar; fiery-orange vs crab-red breast (2); blue vs dark blue or green nape (2); larger size (at least 1). Monotypic.




N Australia from Kimberley E to the Gulf of Carpentaria; introduced to Kisar, E of Timor.



Riverine eucalypt forest and paperbark Melaleuca woodland, as well as swamps, scrub, heath and towns.


No large-scale seasonal movements are reported and common year-round at some sites, but there is a certain degree of nomadism in response to flowering events by favored foodplants, e.g. on Groote Eylandt, congregates on flowering Banksia trees in Apr-May.

Often feeds in the company of Psitteuteles versicolor.

red-collared lorikeet | random bird videos | Australian birds

SOURCE: shivam mishra

A single specimen from Romang and two from Kisar, in SW Banda Sea, presumably reflects trade during Makassan–Aboriginal interactions, rather than vagrancy to, or former residency on, these islands.

Diet and Foraging

Diet much like that of T. moluccanus, feeding on nectar, fruit, flowers and insects, including Pandanus spiralis.

In Northern Territory, 94% of 200 observations of feeding involved flowers, e.g. those of Eucalyptus bleeseri (29% of observations of nectar feeding), E. miniataE. polycarpaE. tetrodontaMelaleuca viridiflora and Grevillea pteridifolia;

Red collared Lorikeet

study in Kakadu National Park recorded species feeding at following additional tree species: Bombax ceibaTerminalia GrandifloraPlanchonia careyaAmyema sp., Eucalyptus clavigeraE. confertifloraE. latifoliaE. miniataE. porrectaMelaleuca symphyocarpa and Xanthostemon paradoxus.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Apparently this species is similar to T. haematodus and T. moluccanus .


Breeding biology is much like that of T. haematodus and T. moluccanus (which see). Season May–Jan in Northern Territory. Egg size 25·7–28·2 mm ×  21·1–23·1 mm.

very tamed red collared lorikeet

SOURCE: msmhw

Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. CITES II. One of the commonest parrots within its range.

In Northern Territory, densities of 0·6–1·4 birds/ha in Kakadu National Park, 0·2 birds/ha at South Alligator R, 0·08–4·88 birds/ha on Howards Peninsula and 0·06 birds/ha in Yinberrie Hills.

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