Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Near Threatened

Iris Lorikeet (Psitteuteles iris)


French: Loriquet iris German: Irislori Spanish: Lori iris

Psittacus iris


, 1835,



Has sometimes been placed in Neopsittacus. Validity of race rubripileum questionable, and claimed differences from nominate may be due to age or individual variation. Three subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • P. i. iris (Temminck, 1835) – W Timor.
  • P. i. rubripileum (Salvadori, 1891) – E Timor.
  • P. i. wetterensis (Hellmayr, 1912) – Wetar.
  • Descriptive notes

    20–22 cm. Bill orange red; crown red shading to blue-edged purple on hindcrown, bordered yellow on nape and green on upper mantle; broad patch behind eye purplish; rest... read more


    Not well documented. Calls include a strident “shreet!” and a more subdued lower-pitched “tchrut”.... read more


    Primary and tall secondary monsoon forest, hill and lower montane forest and woodland, from sea-... read more

    Food and feeding

    Visits flowering trees including Sesbania. Recorded on Wetar feeding in Eucalyptus alba and in tamarinds.


    No information from wild. In captivity: 2 eggs; incubation lasting 23 days; nestling period 67 days.


    No information, but predicted to wander in search of flowering trees.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, and previously, Vulnerable. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Judged the least... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Iris Lorikeet (Psitteuteles iris). 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 6 December 2019).