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  Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis)





Red-collared Lorikeet | Trichoglossus rubritorquis photo
Red-collared Lorikeet photographed at Currumbin Sanctuary

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Red-collared Lorikeet | Trichoglossus rubritorquis photo
photographed at Currumbin Sanctuary

Image by ozwildlife - Some rights reserved.

Red-collared Lorikeet | Trichoglossus rubritorquis photo
Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) at Adelaide Zoo, South Australia

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BIRD FACTS

Description
The Red-collared Lorikeet is similar in appearance to the Rainbow Lorikeet, but it has an orange/red collar round the neck.

Size
29 cm

Habitat
Eucalypts and Melaleuca forests, also suburban areas near woodland.

Food
mainly flowers, nectar and fruit. The lorikeet has a brush on the end of its tongue to help with sipping up nectar and pollen

Breeding
Lays two or three white, oval-shaped eggs a pair can produce up to 3 broods in a season. The female incubates the eggs for about 25 days.

Range
It is found in the tropical north from West Australia to Gulf of Carpentaria in Queensland. It is seen in the suburbs of Darwin.

distribution map showing range of Trichoglossus rubritorquis in Australia

Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License




Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Psittaciformes
Family:Psittacidae
Genus:Trichoglossus
Species:rubritorquis
Common Name:Red-collared Lorikeet

Relatives in same Genus
  Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (T. chlorolepidotus)
  Rainbow Lorikeet (T. haematodus)