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Ornate Lorikeet

 (Trichoglossus ornatus)

Also known as: Ornate Lory

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Ornate Lorikeet
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Did You Know?

Lories and lorikeets are also known as "brush-tongued parrots" because of their papillae-covered tongue, which allows them to access nectar and pollen with ease.

Academic Research

Related publications: Trichoglossus ornatus

Species Profile

Genus: Trichoglossus | Species: ornatus

Size:

25cm (9.75 in)

Weight:

110g (3.8 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults purple/blue crown, forehead and band from eye to ear coverts; bright red lores to cheeks; yellow patch down side of neck behind ear coverts; red occiput; red throat and breast barred with dusty blue; green abdomen to undertail coverts, with yellow scalloping; bright green upperparts and tail; yellow underwing coverts. Cere and eye ring dark grey. Bill orange/red. Eye dark orange.

Colour Juvenile:

Green occiput with light red markings; barring on breast narrower. Bill brown/orange. Cere and eye ring pale grey. Eye brown.

Call:

Calls made in flight are shrill and high-pitched. Also a variety of whistling notes.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Avibase
AvianWeb
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
The Lory Link
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 32793, Ornate Lorikeet Trichoglossus ornatus, van den Berg, Arnoud, Sulawesi Tengah, Indonesia, Jul. 23 1984, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

Click photo to visit gallery

Ornate Lorikeet
© Julie Almand | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Lories and lorikeets are also known as "brush-tongued parrots" because of their papillae-covered tongue, which allows them to access nectar and pollen with ease.

Academic Research

Related publications: Trichoglossus ornatus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Uncommon

Longevity:

25-35 yrs

Housing:

3 x 1 x 2m (9.8 x 3.3 x 6.5 ft) aviary with well drained tiled or concrete floor.

Diet:

Nectar, either a commercial type or homemade from: lactose-free baby cereal, honey and malt extract or molasses, mixed with filtered water and made fresh once or twice daily; fruit once or twice daily including: apple, pear, orange, banana, pomegranate, cactus fruits; one or more of the following vegetables: carrot, corn on the cob or unsalted tinned sweet corn; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed; rearing food made from hard boiled egg, wholegrain bread and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency.

Enrichment:

Provide swings, ropes, ladders and lots of perches; foraging/puzzle toys, noise makers. Provide overhead misters or shallow bowls of water for frequent bathing.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 8" x 8" x 12" (20.3cm x 20.3cm x 30.5cm).

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

25 days

Fledging Age:

9 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

Specialist Club:

The Lory Link

Click photo to visit gallery

Ornate Lorikeet
© Julie Almand | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Lories and lorikeets are also known as "brush-tongued parrots" because of their papillae-covered tongue, which allows them to access nectar and pollen with ease.

Academic Research

Related publications: Trichoglossus ornatus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Populations are in slow decline due to trapping pressure and the loss of its lowland habitat.

Range:

Sulawesi and larger offshore islands such as Togian, Peleng, Banggai and Tukangbesi Islands, Indonesia.

Habitat:

Found from 300-1000m (984-3280 ft) in forest edge, secondary forest, bushy open terrain, cultivated areas and towns and upland valleys.

Wild Diet:

Takes nectar, pollen and fruits.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Seen mostly in pairs or small groups, sometimes associating with Yellow and Green Lorikeets. Regional movements occur, in response to food availability.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 rounded eggs, 26.0 x 21.5mm (1 x 0.8 in).

Breeding Season:

September-October

Related Links:

Wikipedia
 

Click photo to visit gallery

Ornate Lorikeet
© Julie Almand | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Lories and lorikeets are also known as "brush-tongued parrots" because of their papillae-covered tongue, which allows them to access nectar and pollen with ease.

Academic Research

Related publications: Trichoglossus ornatus

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