Psitteuteles versicolor Lear, 1831

varied lorikeet             




Subspecies:


none


Distribution:


N Australia from Western Australia (Kimberley Division) E to NC Queensland (W Cape York Peninsula).


Status:


Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally considered to be common in most habitats, but owing to nomadism it can disappear from some areas for long ­periods of time.

It's suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.


Description:


  • length: 19 cm (7,5 inch)
  • weight: 55-60 gr.


Scarlet forehead, crown and lores.

Yellow ear coverts.

Throat, cheeks and back of the head grayish blue, streaked with yellow.

The entire underparts are vertically streaked with yellow, on a vinous pink background of the upperbreast and narrowly on the green abdomen.

Upperparts are green, streaked with greenish-yellow.

Tail green marked with dull yellow.

White skin around the eye and on the cere.

Beak orange, iris yellow or brown.

The feet are grey.


Sexual dimorphism:


Generally the male is more brighter colored.

Red on the head being more extensive and more intense.

Yellow ear coverts and the breast striations are brighter.

The vinous pink of the breast is more intensive.


Aviculture:


recently imported in Europe, so hopefully we can secure this species in Europe.


Mutations:


Some mutations have bin occured. A red eye mutation, they call it cinnamon. And a incomplete dominant dark mutation,  (  jade and true olive).

Recent (2019) is a par-blue (turquoise) mutation born bred by Shane Johinke.


Also  the lutino exist but is a transmutation from the scaly-breasted lorikeet.



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