Iris Lorikeet (Psitteuteles iris)

Iris Lorikeet

[order] PSITTACIFORMES | [family] Psittacidae | [latin] Psitteuteles iris | [authority] Temminck, 1835 | [UK] Iris Lorikeet | [FR] Loriquet iris | [DE] Irislori | [ES] Lori Iris | [NL] Irislori | [copyright picture] SD Dirk


Monotypic species


Genus Psitteuteles (sometimes classified in the Genus Trichoglossus) comprises three species of smallish mainly green parrots. These are known for their agressive behavior. Found in the montane regions of Northern Australia and New Guinea.

Physical charateristics

Mostly green with pale-green transverse striations on its underside. The top of the head is red and there is a purple band from the eyes extending over the ears. The beak is red-orange, the iris is orange, and the legs are bluish-grey. The red on the head of the female is paler and less extensive. The extent and shade of the red and purple on the head varies between two or three subspecies

Listen to the sound of Iris Lorikeet

[audio: Lorikeet.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

recorded by Colin Trainor

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Australasia : Lesser Sundas. Psitteuteles iris is restricted to Timor and Wetar, Indonesia and Timor-Leste. It is reported to be not uncommon on Timor-Leste, it still survives in reasonable numbers in West Timor and it is, or at least once was, locally not uncommon on Wetar


It occurs in monsoon forest up to 1,500 m, and also in open eucalypt savannah.


No data, in captivity clutch of 2 eggs which are incubated for about 23 days; young fledge after 9-10 weeks.

Feeding habits

Feeds of flowering trees.

Video Iris Lorikeet


copyright: Josep del Hoyo


This poorly known species has a moderately small population, and it is likely to be declining owing to trapping and habitat loss; it therefore qualifies as Near Threatened.
It is subject to unknown levels of trapping for the bird trade and is also likely to be affected by ongoing forest loss.
Iris Lorikeet status Near Threatened


Sedentary, hardly any data, but moght wander in search of food.

Distribution map

Iris Lorikeet distribution range map

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