Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Olive-headed Lorikeet (Trichoglossus euteles)


French: Loriquet eutèle German: Gelbkopflori Spanish: Lori humilde

Psittacus euteles


, 1835,



Member of the putative T. chlorolepidotus species-group (see that species). Some authors consider T. weberi to belong to present species. Names ochreocephalus and alorensis are synonyms of euteles. Monotypic.


Lesser Sundas: Timor and adjacent small islands from Adonara#R and Lembata E to Nila and Babar.

Descriptive notes

25 cm. Bill orange-red; head olive-mustard with indistinct pale yellow streaks on crown; upperparts green, with green of nape extending as an indistinct but usually complete... read more


Predominantly utters shrill high-pitched screeches rendered “kreet!” or “kurrk”, but also a more... read more


Primary montane forest, secondary growth and savanna woodland at roughly 1000–2300 m,... read more

Food and feeding

No information other than visits flowering trees and shrubs.


No information from wild. In captivity: three eggs, size 24·5–25·3 mm × 22·5–23 mm; incubation... read more


Birds may descend below 1000 m in the dry season and disperse throughout the lowlands, but studies... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Local trade in the species exists.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Olive-headed Lorikeet (Trichoglossus euteles). 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 7 December 2019).