Leaf lorikeet

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Leaf lorikeet
Trichoglossus haematodus weberi -8-1c.jpg
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Trichoglossus
Species: T. weberi
Binomial name
Trichoglossus weberi
(Büttikofer, 1894)

The leaf lorikeet (Trichoglossus weberi), also known as the Flores lorikeet or Weber's lorikeet, is a monotypic species of parrot that is endemic to the Indonesian island of Flores. It was previously considered a subspecies of the rainbow lorikeet,[2] but following a review in 1997,[3] it is increasingly treated as a separate species.[4][5]


Unlike all other members of the rainbow lorikeet group, the leaf lorikeet has an overall green plumage, with only a paler lime green chest and collar.[2] With a total length of approximately 23 cm (9 in), it is the smallest member of the rainbow lorikeet group.[6]


It inhabits the edge of primary forest, secondary forest, woodland and plantations at altitudes up to 1,400 m (4,600 ft).[7] It remains fairly common,[7] but its relatively small distribution could give cause for future concern.


  1. ^ Birdlife International (2014). "Trichoglossus weberi". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 4 January 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Juniper, T., & M. Parr (1998). A Guide to the Parrots of the World. Pica Press. ISBN 1-873403-40-2
  3. ^ Schodde, R. & I. J. Mason (1997). Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Volume 37, Part 2: Aves (Columbidae to Coraciidae). Australian Biological Resources Study. ISBN 0-643-06037-5
  4. ^ Dickinson, E. C. (editor) (2003). The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3d edition. Christopher Helm. ISBN 0-7136-6536-X
  5. ^ Gill, F., M. Wright, & D. Donsker (2009). IOC World Bird Names. Version 2.1. Accessed 20-06-2009
  6. ^ Lexicon of Parrots, online version. Arndt Verlag. Accessed 20-06-2009
  7. ^ a b Coates, B. J., & K. D. Bishop (1997). A Guide to the Birds of Wallacea. Dove Publications Pty. Ltd. ISBN 0-9590257-3-1

External links

  • Leaf lorikeet. Oriental Bird Images.

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