Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus Kuhl, 1820

scaly-breasted lorikeet       




East Australia.

Population near Melbourne derived from escapes.


Not globally threatened. CITES II.

According IUCN; Least concern.

Common in Centre of range in SE Queensland and NE New South Wales, where large flocks occur; at N and S edges of range progressively rarer.


  • Length: 23 cm (9inch.)
  • Weight: 75-100g.

Mainly mid-green.

The chest, abdomen and mantle are yellow , broadly margined with green (which give a scaley  appearence).

Underwing coverts and a band across the undersides of the flight feathers are orange-red.

The crown is tinged with light-blue. (more visible in males). Here in Europe not many have this blue no more.

The tail is green above and below yellow-olive; the bases of the outer feathers are broadly edged with orange-red on the inner webs.

Orange bill.

Iris is orange with a white inner ring.

Feet, cere and skin surrounding the eye grey.


Common, but a lot of mutations , so don't let the wildtype disappear!


5,5 - 6 mm


A lot of mutations occured in the scaly-breasted lorikeet, blue, lutino, fallow, dilute, greygreen, darkgreen, pied,...


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