Leaf lorikeet

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Leaf lorikeet
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Conservation status
Not recognized (IUCN 3.1)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittacidae
Tribe: Lorini
Genus: Trichoglossus
Species: T. weberi
Binomial name
Trichoglossus weberi
(Büttikofer, 1894)

Trichoglossus haematodus weberi

The Leaf Lorikeet (Trichoglossus weberi), also known as the Flores Lorikeet or Weber's Lorikeet, is a monotypic species of parrot that is endemic to the Indonesian island of Flores. It has often been considered a subspecies of the Rainbow Lorikeet,[1] but following a review in 1997,[2] it is increasingly treated as a separate species.[3][4]

Unlike all other members of the Rainbow Lorikeet group, the Leaf Lorikeet has an overall green plumage, with only a paler lime green chest and collar.[1] With a total length of approximately 23 cm, it is the smallest member of the Rainbow Lorikeet group.[5]

It inhabits the edge of primary forest, secondary forest, woodland and plantations at altitudes up to 1400 m.[6] It remains fairly common,[6] but its relatively small distribution could give cause for future concern. It has not been rated by BirdLife International and IUCN.


  1. ^ a b Juniper, T., & M. Parr (1998). A Guide to the Parrots of the World. Pica Press. ISBN 1-873403-40-2
  2. ^ Schodde, R. & I. J. Mason (1997). Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Volume 37, Part 2: Aves (Columbidae to Coraciidae). Australian Biological Resources Study. ISBN 0-643-06037-5
  3. ^ Dickinson, E. C. (editor) (2003). The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3d edition. Christopher Helm. ISBN 0-7136-6536-X
  4. ^ Gill, F., M. Wright, & D. Donsker (2009). IOC World Bird Names. Version 2.1. Accessed 20-06-2009
  5. ^ Lexicon of Parrots, online version. Arndt Verlag. Accessed 20-06-2009
  6. ^ a b Coates, B. J., & K. D. Bishop (1997). A Guide to the Birds of Wallacea. Dove Publications Pty. Ltd. ISBN 0-9590257-3-1

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