Trichoglossus capistratus Bechstein, 1811

sumba or marigold lorikeet                   

Subspecies and Distribution:

Trichoglossus capistratus capistratus (Bechstein, 1811) – C Lesser Sundas (Timor); possibly this race also on Roti.

Trichoglossus capistratus flavotectus (Hellmayr, 1914) – C Lesser Sundas (Wetar and Romang).

Trichoglossus capistratus fortis (E. J. O. Hartert, 1898) – W Lesser Sundas (Sumba).

Not globally threatened. CITES II. But declining by habitat loss and trapping.

Trichoglossus capistratus capistratus

marigold or edward's lorikeet


  • Length: 27 cm (10,6 inch)
  • Weight: 130-140 gr.

Green head, forehead, cheecks and chin are darkblue with streaks of violet-blue. throat and ear-coverts are dark green, also a wide stripe above the eye which is shaft-streaked with lighter green. The nuchal band is greenish-yellow or yellow. Upperbreast is yellow with narrowly edged with orange, sometimes vary to yellow-orange chest. The abdomen are darkgreen, can have a bit darkblue aswell, the sides of the thighs are darkgreen and yellow. 27cm (10.6 inch).


not common, but avialable. However they become rare, without more efforts.


In Australia greygreen bred in by Scaley breasted or swainson lorikeet.

In Europe I have seen 2  who was born normal but changed when getting older to greenish-yellow. As it was born normal we don't call it a mutation but a modification.

Trichoglossus capistratus flavotectus

Wetar lorikeet


Differs from the capistratus only in lacking orange on the breast and underwing coverts. The breast and underwings are clear yellow.


None, if they are they have bin crossed  with the nominate.

Trichoglossus capistratus fortis

Sumba lorikeet


Forehead and cheeks are darkblu-ish, streaked with violet-blue. Lores and throat are green, sometimes tinged with black, and the green of the nape extends as a line over the eye. The abdomen is blackish green. Fortis is a little bigger then the capistratus and flavotectus.

We know this specie as also one with pure yellow breast. However in the original description from  Ernst Hartert, say there was big variation in the colour of the breast and underwing coverts. These areas were strongly washed with deep orange in some specimens and sulphur yellow without an orange wash in others.

The easy way to reconize the fortis is the green line over the eye, which goes to the beak, in the 2 previosly subspecies the green stops at or above the eye.


Very rare, most are paired with the nominate.


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