Varied lorikeet

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Varied lorikeet
Psitteuteles versicolor -Queensland-8-4c.jpg
In Queensland, Australia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Tribe: Lorini
Genus: Psitteuteles
Species: P. versicolor
Binomial name
Psitteuteles versicolor
Lear, 1831

The varied lorikeet (Psitteuteles versicolor) is a species of parrot in the family Psittacidae. It is endemic to northern Australia.


Illustration by Edward Lear

The varied lorikeet is about 19 centimetres (7.5 in) long. It is mainly green with short yellow longitudinal streaks. The lores, forehead, and crown are red. The beak is red, the bare eye-rings are white, the lores are bare, and the irises are orange-yellow. The upper breast is mauve with longitudinal yellow streaks. The legs are bluish-grey. In the female the red on the head is less extensive, and the breast has duller colours. Juveniles are much duller and are mainly green with an orange forehead, pale-brown irises, and a brown beak that is orange at the base.[2]


The varied lorikeet mates in April–August and will lay 2–4 white eggs in a tree hollow with eucalyptus leaves.

Range and habitat

The varied lorikeet lives in tropical eucalypt forests, wetland and grassland areas in northern Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia.[1]


  1. ^ a b BirdLife International (2012). "Psitteuteles versicolor". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  2. ^ Forshaw, Joseph M. (2006). Parrots of the World; an Identification Guide. Illustrated by Frank Knight. Princeton University Press. ISBN 0-691-09251-6.

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