Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Biak Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rosenbergii)


French: Loriquet de Biak German: Biak-Allfarblori Spanish: Lori de Biak

Trichoglossus Rosenbergii


, 1871,



Hitherto has been treated as a subspecies within the widespread Rainbow Lorikeet T. haematodus complex, but differs in very heavy dark indigo vs fairly heavy black bars on breast (3); thin red line bordering blue hood (2); very broad yellow-green hindcollar (3). Monotypic.


Biak I, in Geelvink Bay (NW New Guinea).

Descriptive notes

c. 26 cm. Distinguished from formerly conspecific T. haematodus by very heavy dark blue barring on breast, with very little visible reddish orange, very extensive... read more


No known differences between this species and T. haematodus.


Assumed to be similar to other Trichoglossus lorikeets in being found in primarily lowland... read more

Food and feeding

No information, but presumably similar to T. haematodus.


No information.


None known.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Population most recently estimated at 2500–9999 mature individuals (but perhaps as low as 3000–4000 birds). Endemic to twin islands of Biak and Supiori... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Biak Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rosenbergii). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 11 December 2019).