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Scaly-breasted Lorikeet

(Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus)
Alternate name(s): "Green Lorikeet", "Green and Gold Lorikeet", "Green Keet*"
Size: 22-24 cm
Weight: 85-90 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Scaly-breasted Lorikeet at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

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ADULT

Near-frontal view of a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet on a coastal banksia
[Near Old Bar, NSW, June 2011]

The Scaly-breasted Lorikeet looked a bit possessive about this particular banksia flower
[Near Old Bar, NSW, June 2011]

Here a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet seen in the typical head-down feeding position
[Near Old Bar, NSW, June 2011]

Clear view of the underside of a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
[Near Old Bar, NSW, June 2011]

Close-up lateral view of two Scaly-breasted Lorikeets (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Highland Park, Gold Coast, QLD, October 2014]

Lateral view of a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet in a shrub (photo courtesy of C. Hayne)

Dorsal view of a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
[Mt. Archer NP, QLD, July 2009]

Small flock of Scaly-breasted Lorikeets in flight
[Near Old Bar, NSW, June 2011]

Scaly-breasted Lorikeets in the first light of day
[Near Old Bar, NSW, June 2011]

Direct comparison of a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet with a Rainbow Lorikeet (photo courtesy of A. Ross-Taylor)
[Highland Park, Gold Coast, QLD, October 2014]

Hybrid with Musk Lorikeet

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In June 2011 a hybrid lorikeet was reported at Chain Valley Bay South, a bay of Lake Macquarie on the NSW Central Coast. We subsequently spotted a second hybrid, most likely between a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet and a Musk Lorikeet.

Hybrid lorikeet feeding; one can see clearly the orange scaling typical of a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet and the red forehead of a Musk Lorikeet
[Chain Valley Bay South, NSW, June 2011]

Different perspective
[Chain Valley Bay South, NSW, June 2011]

Possible hybrid with Rainbow Lorikeet

A possible hybrid between a Rainbow Lorikeet and a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet was spotted by us in the township of Narrabri in September 2015. If not a hybrid, the bird could just be a colour morph, or an aviary escapee (bred variety).

Possible hybrid between a Rainbow Lorikeet and a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet; note the bluish cap and strong scaling on the breast resembling a Rainbow Lorikeet, while the rest of the bird's appearance is that of a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (in particular the absence of a yellowish-green nape of the neck)
[Narrabri Lake, NSW, September 2015]

Behaviour

Social behaviour: Communal Mobility: Dispersive Elementary unit: Flock

Scaly-breasted Lorikeets are gregarious, often noisy birds.

Scaly-breasted Lorikeets are known to like hanging head-down, not only when feeding (as shown above).

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet checking out its surroundings, hanging from a branch...
[Mt. Archer NP, QLD, July 2009]

...now check the other side; the bird hung there like this for minutes on end
[Mt. Archer NP, QLD, July 2009]

Food, Diet

Scaly-breasted Lorikeets feed on fruit, nectar and seeds.

Close-up view of a Scaly-breasted Lorikeet feeding on the nectar of a banksia flower
[Manning Point, NSW, July 2013]

Call(s)/Song

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.

scbrlor_20150205_2.mp3 (NW NSW) Pair Q&As (feeding) © MD
scbrlor_20150205_3.mp3 (NW NSW) Pair Q&As (feeding) © MD
scbrlor_20140525.mp3 (NE NSW) Going to roost (large flock) © MD
scbrlor_20140526.mp3 (NE NSW) Pre-dawn chatter © MD

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