Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus)


French: Loriquet vert German: Schuppenlori Spanish: Lori escuamiverde

Psittacus chlorolepidotus


, 1820,

New South Wales, Australia


Thought to form a broad species-group with T. euteles, T. flavoviridis (with meyeri), T. johnstoniae and T. rubiginosus. Formerly considered polytypic, with birds of N Queensland placed in race neglectus. Monotypic.


E Australia. Population near Melbourne derived from escapes.

Descriptive notes

23 cm; 70–89 g. Generally green; bill orange-red; breast and belly green heavily barred yellow; underside of wings largely red. Immature has dusky brown bill.


Utters a variety of sharp squeaky screeches, sounding quite hoarse and lacking any rolling tonal... read more


Lowland wooded areas, flowering heathlands, Melaleuca swamps, urban parks and gardens,... read more

Food and feeding

At least 25 species of plant recorded in diet, 99% consisting of flowers. Those of Eucalyptus are main food, but other important... read more


May–Feb, in N of range apparently related to rainfall; Aug in Victoria. Unlined nest in hollow limb or hole high in tree. Eggs 2,... read more


Nomadic in response to flowering events, although in centre of range some birds seem to be present... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common in C of range in SE Queensland and NE New South Wales, where large flocks occur; at N and S edges of range progressively rarer.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus). 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).