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Varied Lorikeet

(Psitteuteles versicolor)
< Alternate name(s): "Red-capped Lorikeet"
Aboriginal name(s): "wero"

Size: 18-20 cm
Weight: 50-60 g
Description     Classification     Distribution     Sightings     Photos     Breeding     Nest     Eggs     Behaviour     Food     Call/s

Physical description

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Taxonomy, classification

See Varied Lorikeet at Wikipedia .

Range, habitat, finding this species

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Sightings

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Photos

ADULT

MALE

Frontal view of a male Varied Lorikeet in a Woolibutt tree; (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Bird Billabong Road, near Arnhem Highway, NT, July 2018]

Near-frontal view of two Varied Lorikeets in a Woolibutt tree; the bird on the left, with the extended mauve chest, is a male, the one on the right is a female (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Marrakai track, NT, August 2013]

Lateral view of a (probably male) Varied Lorikeet (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

FEMALE

Frontal view of a female Varied Lorikeet in a Woolibutt tree (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Marrakai track, NT, August 2013]

Lateral view of a female Varied Lorikeet (photo courtesy of R. Russell)

Distant dorsal view of a small flock of Varied Lorikeets in flight; this is the mob whose calls were recorded on 18 August 2014
[Lake Copperfield, near Pine Creek, NT, August 2014]

IMMATURE/JUVENILE

Frontal view of a juvenile Varied Lorikeet in a Woolibutt tree; note the small area of red on the forehead, the lack of a mauve-pink chest patch and the horn-coloured bill (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Bird Billabong Road, near Arnhem Highway, NT, July 2018]

Near-dorsal/ventral view of a juvenile Varied Lorikeet in a Woolibutt tree; (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Bird Billabong Road, near Arnhem Highway, NT, July 2018]

Juvenile Varied Lorikeet licking nectar from the flowers of a Woolibutt tree; (photo courtesy of P. Brown)
[Bird Billabong Road, near Arnhem Highway, NT, July 2018]

Food, Diet

Male Varied Lorikeet feeding on the nectar of Woolibutt flowers (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Bird Billabong Road, near Arnhem Highway, NT, July 2018]

Female Varied Lorikeet feeding on nectar in a paperbark tree (photo courtesy of B. Hensen)
[Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Darwin, NT, March 2013]

Distant view of a female Varied Lorikeet feeding on Lysiphyllum cunninghamii (photo courtesy of R. Russell)

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.

varlori_20140818_3.m4a (Top End, NT) Contact calls © MD
varlori_pb_20180708_3.m4a (Top End, NT) Contact calls © PB
varlori_pb_20180708_2.m4a (Top End, NT) Squabbling © PB
varlori_20140818.m4a (Top End, NT) Mob departing © MD
varlori_pb_20180708.m4a (Top End, NT) Feeding calls? © PB
varlori_20140818_2.m4a (Top End, NT) Adult with begging juveniles © MD
varlori_pb_20180708_5.m4a (Top End, NT) Various © PB

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