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Red-collared Lorikeet

(Trichoglossus rubritorquis)
Size: 26-31 cm
Weight: 100-140 g

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Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Red-collared Lorikeet at Wikipedia .

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Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sex unknown

Partly obscured frontal view of a Red-collared Lorikeet
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

Lateral/ventral view of a Red-collared Lorikeet
[Pine Creek, NT, August 2014]

Red-collared Lorikeets high up in a tree; these were amongst a flock of birds whose calls were recorded on 18 August 2014
[Pine Creek, NT, August 2014]

Red-collared Lorikeets (photo courtesy of S. Kirkby)
[Near Kununurra, WA, June 2011]

In the process of trying to keep its balance, the upper of these two Red-collared Lorikeets is displaying its conspicuous underwing pattern (photo courtesy of J. Greaves)
[Pickertaramoor, Melville Island, off Darwin, NT, December 2016]

Breeding information

Breeding season: Apr - May Eggs: 2 - 3 Incubation period: 25 days Fledging age: 49 - 63 days

Lorikeets are sociable creatures which often nest in loose colonies, also in conjunction with other species.


"bungobittah", "malunna" = nest [Aboriginal]

Type: Tree hollow Material: Wooddust Height above ground: 5 - 30 m


"boyanga", "booyanga", "derinya", "dirandil", "koomura", "ngampu", "nooluk", "pateena" = Egg; "dirundirri" = eggs [Aboriginal]; "gawu" = eggs [gamilaraay]

Size: 27 x 22 mm Colour: White Shape: Tapered oval


Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Dispersive Elementary unit: Flock

Red-collared Lorikeets are gregarious, often noisy birds.

Some Red-collared Lorikeet TLC (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Darwin, NT, October 2017]

Food, Diet

Red-collared Lorikeets feed on fruit, nectar and seeds.

Red-collared Lorikeet taking nectar and in the process pollenating the flowers (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Leanyer Swamp, Darwin, NT, October 2019]

Red-collared Lorikeet taking nectar and in the process pollenating the flowers (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Leanyer Swamp, Darwin, NT, October 2019]

Red-collared Lorikeet taking seeds out of a casuarina seed cone that is just opening
[Darwin, NT, August 2014]

This Red-collared Lorikeet appears to be taking lerps, the sugary secretions of psyllids (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Tree Point Conservation Area, Shoal Bay, NT, March 2019]


For this species we have recorded the following call(s)/song. The interpretation of their meaning is our own; comments and suggestions for improvement are welcome.

redclor_20140818_2.m4a (Top End, NT) Contact call © MD
redclor_pb_20180914_2.m4a (Top End, NT) Contact call (Q&A) © PB
redclor_20140818_4.m4a (Top End, NT) Annoyed/warning call © MD
redclor_20140818_3.mp3 (Top End, NT) Annoyed © MD
redclor_pb_20180914.m4a (Top End, NT) Various (with begging young) © PB
redclor_pb_20190802_1.m4a (Top End, NT) Large flock settling in on roost © PB
redclor_pb_20190802_2.m4a (Top End, NT) Large flock settling in on roost © PB
redclor_pb_20180914_3.m4a (Top End, NT) Various © PB
redclor_20140818.m4a (Top End, NT) Various © MD
redclor_20140818_5.m4a (Top End, NT) Various © MD

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