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  Varied Lorikeet (Psitteuteles versicolor)





Varied Lorikeet | Psitteuteles versicolor photo
Varied Lorikeet in Queensland, Australia.

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Varied Lorikeet | Psitteuteles versicolor photo
Varied Lorikeet

Image by Stephen Barnett - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



VARIED LORIKEET FACTS

Description
The Varied Lorikeet is a small pale green parrot. It is the only one with a red cap and white rings round the eyes. It has a lime green ear patch, blue around the neck and pink on chest. The female is duller with olive green cap.

Other Names
Red-crowned Lorikeet, Varied Lory

Size
17-20cm

Habitat
eucalypt and paperbark woodlands, wooded areas along watercourses

Food
mainly flowers, nectar and fruit.

Breeding
nests in tree hollow. Lays 2-3 white oval eggs.

Range
tropical north Australia from Fitzroy River in WA to Cape York in Queensland and south as far as Mackay



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Psittaciformes
Family:Psittacidae
Genus:Psitteuteles
Species:versicolor
Common Name:Varied Lorikeet