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Scarlet-breasted lorikeet

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Also known as: Sunset Lorikeet, Forsten's Lorikeet, Mitchell's Lorikeet (T.f. mitchellii)

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Scarlet-breasted Lorikeet, Cincinnati Zoo
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Species Profile

Genus:Trichoglossus | Species:forsteni

100-157g (3.5-5.5 oz)

Races including nominate:

four: T.f. forsteni, T. f. djampeanus, T. f. mitchellii, T. f. stresemanni

T.f. forsteni:Both adults as in mitchelli but with darker red breast, purple / blue streaking on forehead and cheeks, more yellow collar bordered on hindneck by purple / blue, purple abdomen, green barring on thighs and flanks minimal, larger in size.
T.f. mitchellii: Both adults black / brown head with gray / green streaks on crown to cheeks, red / brown wash on occiput, red breast with minimal or no barring, yellow / green collar, purple / black abdomen, smaller in size.
T.f. djampeanus: Both adults differ from forsteni by head being darker and more evidently streaked brighter purple / blue.
T.f. stresemanni: Both adults as in forsteni but with paler orange / red breast, green wash on occiput, feathers of mantle having yellow / orange bases.

Repeated notes, sharp, rolling while in flight. Shrill chattering while feeding. Soft notes at rest.

Scarlet-breasted Lorikeet, Cincinnati Zoo
© Ted | Wikimedia Commons

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Species Profile

Genus:Trichoglossus | Species:forsteni

100-157g (3.5-5.5 oz)

Races including nominate:

four: T.f. forsteni, T. f. djampeanus, T. f. mitchellii, T. f. stresemanni

T.f. forsteni:Both adults as in mitchelli but with darker red breast, purple / blue streaking on forehead and cheeks, more yellow collar bordered on hindneck by purple / blue, purple abdomen, green barring on thighs and flanks minimal, larger in size.
T.f. mitchellii: Both adults black / brown head with gray / green streaks on crown to cheeks, red / brown wash on occiput, red breast with minimal or no barring, yellow / green collar, purple / black abdomen, smaller in size.
T.f. djampeanus: Both adults differ from forsteni by head being darker and more evidently streaked brighter purple / blue.
T.f. stresemanni: Both adults as in forsteni but with paler orange / red breast, green wash on occiput, feathers of mantle having yellow / orange bases.

Repeated notes, sharp, rolling while in flight. Shrill chattering while feeding. Soft notes at rest.

Scarlet-breasted Lorikeet, Cincinnati Zoo
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Species Care

20 yrs in the wild, 15-25 yrs in captivity.

Enclosure with drain in floor, or suspended cage over tiled or concrete floor.

Nectar - a commercial type specially formulated for small species or a mix of baby cereal (lactose-free) and honey, malt extract or molasses, mixed with filtered water, made fresh once or twice daily, making up at least 40 percent of the diet , vegetables and fruit especially apple, pear, orange, cactus fruits and bananas, and one or more daily of: carrot, fresh corn, green leaves, plus dried figs soaked in water for a few hours, spray millet and a small amount of soaked or sprouted sunflower seed and small amount of canary seed.

Loves bathing, hanging toys, puzzle / foraging toys, foot toys, ladders, swings, socializing, noisy toys (bells, squeakers), bird safe chewables (vegetable tanned leather, safe woods).

L-shaped box, 51cm x 36cm (20 x 14 in).

Scarlet-breasted Lorikeet, Cincinnati Zoo
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Species Wild Status

500 - 1500 mature individuals.

IUCN Red List Status:

This species has been uplisted to Endangered based on a very rapid rate of decline across its restricted range. It also has a small population size that is inferred to be undergoing a continued decline owed to trapping pressures for the wild bird trade.

T.f. forsteni: Occurs on Sumbawa, Lesser Sunda Islands.
T.f. mitchellii: Found on Bali (formerly), Nusa Penida and Lombok.
T.f. djampeanus: Found on Tanahjampea Island in Flores Sea.
T.f. stresemanni: Occurs on Kalaotoa Island in Flores Sea.

Most common in lowlands but found up to 2400m (7872 ft). Wide variety of areas including settlements, forest, coconut plantations, savanna, Eucalypt stands and mangroves.

Feeds mainly on nectar but will also take figs, insects and can be found around man-made feeding stations.

Ecology and Behavior:

Found in mixed flocks with other parrots, in small noisy groups. Nomadic, as they are dependent on flowering trees. Roosts communally in groups of hundreds of birds. Will also roost and nest on the ground on some of the predator-free islands. Displays frequently.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 to 3 ovate eggs, 27.0 x 22.5mm (1 x 0.9 in).

Birds recorded in breeding condition in May on Sumbawa.

Scarlet-breasted Lorikeet, Cincinnati Zoo
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