Psitteuteles iris Temminck, 1835

iris lorikeet                   





Subspecies and Distribution:


Three subspecies tentatively recognized.

Psitteuteles iris iris (Temminck, 1835) – W Timor.


Psitteuteles iris rubripileum (Salvadori, 1891) – E Timor.  Validity of this race questionable, the claimed differences from nominate may be due to age or individual variation.


Psitteuteles iris wetterensis (Hellmayr, 1912) – Wetar.



Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II.

It has a moderately small population, and it is likely to be in decline owing to trapping and habitat loss.

Decreasing.




Psitteuteles iris iris

iris lorikeet


Description:


  • length: 18 cm (7 inch)
  • weight: 65-75 gr.

 

Forehead and part of the crown scarlet-red shading to blue-edged purple on hindcrown,

Broad patch behind eye purplish-mauve.

Salmon-pink under/around the beak.

Upperparts green.

Greenish-yellow nuchal band.

Lowerparts greenish-yellow. With in the breast green barrings.

Thighs abdomen and underwing coverts more yellowish.

Underside of the tail yellow-green.

Orange beak and feet.



Sexual dimorphism:


Some very small details in adult birds, but best is to DNA sexing or endoscopic.

Male got a little bigger mauve earcoverts which extend further downwards, and the barrings are more prominent in the chest.

However this is not always the case! so better testing with DNA.


Aviculture:


available but not too common.


mutations:


1 mutation was bred in the UK but died because of eggbound. Possibly pied exist aswell, but not proven yet.


Psitteuteles iris rubripileum



Not sure if this subspecie really exist , also because they live on the same island, and can be mixed together.


Description:


The spot on the earcoverts are more violet-blue.

And should have more red on the head , extending to the hind part (this is not always the case so probably not a subspecies but a variation within a species), where in some birds it was tinged with green.


Skins in museum


Skin in museum



Psitteuteles iris wetterensis

Wetar iris lorikeet



Description:


Slightly larger the nominate.

Darker, less yellowish green on the sides of the head.

Red on the head variable but strongly interspersed with violet-blue.

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