Varied Lorikeet (Psitteuteles versicolor)

Varied Lorikeet

[order] PSITTACIFORMES | [family] Psittacidae | [latin] Psitteuteles versicolor | [authority] Lear, 1831 | [UK] Varied Lorikeet | [FR] Loriquet versicolore | [DE] Buntlori | [ES] Lori Versicolor | [NL] Veelkleurige Lori | [copyright picture] Wiki


Genus Species subspecies Region Range
Psitteuteles versicolor AU n Australia


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

Mainly green with short yellow longitudinal streaks. The lores, forehead, and crown are red. The beak is red, the bare eye-rings are white, the lores are bare, and the irises are orange-yellow. The upper breast is mauve with longitudinal yellow streaks. The legs are bluish-grey. Females are duller and have less the red on the head.[

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 18 cm size max.: 19 cm
incubation min.: 20 days incubation max.: 23 days
fledging min.: 38 days fledging max.: 42 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 5  


Australasia : North Australia. This species is endemic to northern Australia, where it is found from Kimberley division, Western Australia, east to north-east Queensland. It is common around Mt Isa and still appears to be widespread and abundant over huge areas of the Top End of the Northern Territory


The species is found in wooded areas, being especially attracted to paperbarks Melaleuca and eucalypts bordering streams and waterholes


Breeding chiefly occurs in April-August, but has been recorded all year round. It nests in tree holes, and has a clutch size of 2-5 eggs

Feeding habits

It feeds on pollen and nectar from the flowers of Eucalyptus, Melaleuca and other tree species,

Video Varied Lorikeet


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This species has an extremely large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats
Varied Lorikeet status Least Concern


It is basically nomadic with its movements being dependent on the flowering of native trees and shrubs. In some areas of Queensland the Varieds arrival and departure are so regular that they could be described as migratory. The lack of subspecies or racial variations suggests there is much integration within the population.

Distribution map

Varied Lorikeet distribution range map

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