Red-collared Lorikeet

Red-collared Lorikeet hanging onto a tree flower stem.

What does it look like? This large lorikeet is easily recognised by its striking blue head, purplish and orange shoulders, green lower back and wings, bright orange to yellow-orange breast, purplish-blue belly, yellowish-green undertail and base of legs, and orange collar. The orange collar is the main character which distinguishes the Red-collared Lorikeet from the closely-related Rainbow Lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus, which has a pale green colour. The two species do not overlap in range.

Where does it live? Inhabits northern Australia, west of the Gulf of Carpentaria.

What are its habitats and habits? It is a noisy and conspicuous bird that feeds on nectar and pollen, and some fruits and occasional seeds.

Scientific name: Trichoglossus rubritorquis

Size: around 29 cm

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