Red-collared Lorikeet

Trichoglossus rubritorquis

This large (29cm) 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 it from the closely-related Rainbow Lorikeet T. haematodus, which has a pale green colour. The two species do not overlap in range, although they do both occur around the Gulf of Carpentaria. It is a noisy and conspicuous bird that feeds on nectar and pollen, and some fruits and occasional seeds.