Trichoglossus ornatus Linnaeus, 1758

ornate lorikeet                 




Sulawesi and adjacent offshore islands (Togian Island, Bangai Island, Muna, Butung, Kaledupa). Also recorded on Sangihe Island and Talaud Island (possibly escapes)


Not globally threatened. CITES II

According IUCN; Least concern.

However the population is decreasing, by trapping and some habitat loss.


    • Length: 25 cm
    • Weight: 100-120 gram 

Forehead , crown and ear coverts are purplish-blue.

The nuchal collar is yellow.

Red lores, cheeks and throat.

Lower cheeks and upperbreast red , edged with blue-black.

The undertail coverts and area surrounding the vent are yellowish green.

The underside of the wings is yellow (there is no colored band).

Variable yellow markings on the sides of the abdomen.

The rest is green.

Orange bill.

The iris is dark-orange.

Feet, cere and skin surrounding the eyes are grey. (note: my pictures are taken from a pair without an outside avairy, so they don't have the grey on the eyes and cere, this is with every lory species kept inside, but not mention this every time!)




6 mm


I have seen some mutations but not sure if they are established, as fallow and misty (jade)?

Fallow or faded mutation.

Also some transmutations, from the scaly-breasted lorikeet as the greygreen and lutino

other interesting read.

Diversity of The Ornate Lorikeet (Trichoglossus ornatus) Birds Based on Mitochondrial DNA Protein Coding Gene


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