Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Mustard-capped Lorikeet (Trichoglossus meyeri)


French: Loriquet de Meyer German: Sulawesilori Spanish: Lori mostaza

Trichoglossus Meyeri


, 1871,

Menado, Sulawesi


Has on occasion been placed in genus Psitteuteles. Member of the putative T. chlorolepidotus species-group. Hitherto treated as conspecific with T. flavoviridis, but in reality rather distinctive on account of plain dull mustard vs black-flecked yellow crown, latter often bordered by narrow brownish hindcollar (3); narrow dusky bars on yellow lower face with all-yellow ear-coverts (largely divided from lower throat and breast by green of nape and neck sides extending to form almost complete necklace at front) vs broad black bars on yellow lower face and chin extending onto ear-coverts, lower throat and breast (2); grey eyering and pale orange to orange-red iris vs broad pinkish-orange eyering and yolk-yellow iris (3); greenish-yellow underparts with broader green scaling vs bright yellow underparts with narrow black (becoming green on belly) scaling (ns[2]); smaller size (not measured, but published data#R suggest an effect size of at least −2). Proposed races bonthainensis and edithae generally not recognized. Monotypic.



Descriptive notes

21 cm. Previously considered conspecific with T. flavoviridis (see Taxonomy comments), but smaller (wing 96–106 mm, versus 120–139 mm) and shorter-tailed (51–65 mm,... read more


No known differences between this species and T. flavoviridis.


Lowland to upper montane forest and secondary growth, occasionally entering open country for access... read more

Food and feeding

Blossoms of Erythrina, Euphorbia and Trema orientalis recorded. Observed in flocks of up to 25 individuals,... read more


Jul, possibly Nov. One nest was high in a dead tree in moss forest at 2400 m. In captivity: 2 eggs; incubation lasting c. 23 days; nestling... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Locally common and known from protected areas such as Gunung Ambang Nature Reserve, North Sulawesi.

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Mustard-capped Lorikeet (Trichoglossus meyeri). 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 10 December 2019).