Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Ornate Lorikeet (Trichoglossus ornatus)


French: Loriquet orné German: Schmucklori Spanish: Lori adornado

Psittacus ornatus


, 1758,

America; error = Sulawesi


Closely related to the T. haematodus complex. Monotypic.


Sulawesi and adjacent offshore islands (Togian Is, Bangai Is, Muna, Butung, Kaledupa). Also recorded on Sangihe I and Talaud Is (possibly escapes).

Descriptive notes

25 cm. Bill orange-red; crown and ear-coverts purplish black; face and postocular stripe red; side of neck yellow; throat and breast red broadly barred deep blue; belly green... read more


In flight, a rather mellow screech, “krwee!” or “hrweet!”. When perched also utters short nasal... read more


Peat and freshwater swamp forest, woodland, secondary forest and forest edge, bush, and near... read more

Food and feeding

May concentrate in large numbers to feed in flowering trees; Tectona and Casuarina seeds reported.


Breeding-condition birds, Sept–Oct. In captivity: two eggs, size 23·7–27·5 mm × 21·5–21... read more


No information.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Reported to be particularly common in coconut plantations and around villages in some parts; common in Dumoga-Bone Natio­nal Park.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Ornate Lorikeet (Trichoglossus ornatus). 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 22 March 2018).