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A photo of a Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis)
Red-collared Lorikeet

Red-collared Lorikeet

Trichoglossus rubritorquis

The Red-collared Lorikeet, Trichoglossus rubritorquis, is a vibrant species of parrot with a striking orange-red band gracing the nape of its neck. Measuring approximately 26 centimeters in length, this bird boasts a plumage of dark brown feathers with blue shafts on its head and throat, a chest adorned in orange with red hues, and a dark blue base at the hindneck. Its wings are a lush green, while the bill presents a vivid red, and the legs and feet are a more subdued grey-brown. Both sexes display similar plumage, whereas juveniles can be identified by their duller feathers and dark bill.

Identification Tips

To distinguish the Red-collared Lorikeet from its close relative, the Rainbow Lorikeet, one should note the Red-collared's characteristic red nape as opposed to the green found in the Rainbow Lorikeet. Additionally, the Rainbow Lorikeet lacks the blue mantle and exhibits more yellow-green underparts.

Habitat

This species thrives in a variety of wooded environments, including woodland, open forest, and rainforest. It has also shown remarkable adaptability to urban settings, often being spotted in towns and cities.

Distribution

The Red-collared Lorikeet is endemic to northern Australia, with its range extending from King Sound in Western Australia to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Behaviour

The Red-collared Lorikeet is a sedentary bird, although it may move locally in response to the availability of food sources, such as flowering banksias.

Breeding

Breeding occurs in tree hollows, well above the ground. The species may produce one or two broods annually, with breeding seasons spanning from August to January or March to June. Clutches typically consist of two matte white eggs.

Diet and Feeding

A notable part of their diet includes the flower heads of the Darwin woollybutt (Eucalyptus miniata). They are also known to feed alongside the Varied Lorikeet.

Conservation status

The IUCN Red List classifies the Red-collared Lorikeet as Least Concern, indicating a stable population without significant threats to its survival at present.

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