Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis)


French: Loriquet à col rouge German: Darwin-Allfarblori Spanish: Lori cuellirrojo

Trichoglossus rubritorquis

Vigors and Horsfield

, 1827,

Australia = Derby, north-west Australia


Occasionally treated in Australian literature as separate species from Rainbow Lorikeet T. haematodus, but this appropriate only with revision, as here, of entire Rainbow Lorikeet complex: differs from T. moluccanus in its fiery-orange vs pale green hindcollar (3); blue vs green nape (2); black vs blue belly (2); and from T. forsteni in its fiery-orange vs yellowish-green hindcollar (3); fiery-orange vs crab-red breast (2); blue vs dark blue or green nape (2); larger size (at least 1). Monotypic.


N Australia from Kimberley E to Gulf of Carpentaria; introduced to Kisar, E of Timor.

Descriptive notes

26 cm; 103–140 g; wingspan 46 cm. Previously treated as conspecific with other members of the T. haematodus complex, with which it is in apparently close contact (... read more


Apparently this species is similar to T. haematodus and T. moluccanus.


Riverine eucalypt forest and paperbark Melaleuca woodland, as well as swamps, scrub, heath... read more

Food and feeding

Diet much like that of T. moluccanus, feeding on nectar, fruit, flowers and insects, including Pandanus spiralis. In... read more


Breeding biology much like that of T. haematodus and T. moluccanus (which see). Season May–Jan in Northern Territory. Egg... read more


No large-scale seasonal movements reported and common year-round at some sites, but there is a... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. One of the commonest parrots within its range. In Northern Territory, densities of 0·6–1·4 birds/ha in Kakadu National Park, 0·2 birds/ha... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis). 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 13 December 2019).