Classification Order Passeriformes, Family Psittacidae Scientific Name Trichoglossus euteles Other Common Names Olive-headed Lorikeet, Yellow-headed Lorikeet
Species Description Adults average 9.75 inches (25 cm) in length
and 2.8 - 3 oz (80 - 85 g) in weight.Adults in general green;
olive/yellow head, bordered with pale green collar around neck;
underwing stripe yellow. Bill orange/red. Eye red. Immature birds
are green/olive, lightly streaked with paler green. Bill brown. Eye
brown. Calls are described as repetitious. long and wheezy; also
rapid, buzzy trilling notes and muted series of harsh, longer
squeaks, twitters and whistles. They can expect to live for about 15
or 16 years.
Habitat Its natural habitats are subtropical or
tropical moist lowland forests and subtropical or tropical moist
Distribution It is found in Indonesia and Timor-Leste.
Captivity The cost is quite prohibitve to acquire and
only experienced breeders should attempt breeding them.
Summary Lories and lorikeets have specialized
brush-tipped tongues for feeding on nectar and soft fruits. They can
feed from the flowers of about 5,000 species of plants and use their
specialised tongues to take the nectar. The tip of their tongues
have tufts of papillae (extremely fine hairs), which collect nectar
Lorikeets have tapered wings and pointed tails that allow them to
fly easily and display great agility. They also have strong feet and
legs. They tend to be hyperactive and clownish in personality both
in captivity and the wild.
Lories and lorikeets are
usually classified as the subfamily, Loriinae, the most clearly
distinct of the several rather uncertain subfamilies within the true
parrots (Psittacidae) family. Some authorities regard the
differences between the Loriinae and the other parrots as sufficient
to justify giving the group full family status, in which case,
following the biological naming conventions, they become the
Loriidae, and are placed alongside the remaining true parrots
(Psittacidae) and the cockatoos (Cacatuidae) within the parrots