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Iris Lorikeet (Psitteuteles iris) -upper body-6-2c.jpg
Iris lorikeet with a sunflower seed in its beak
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Superfamily: Psittacoidea
Family: Psittaculidae
Subfamily: Loriinae
Tribe: Loriini
Genus: Psitteuteles
Bonaparte, 1854

Psitteuteles is a genus of parrot in the Psittaculidae family.


The Psitteuteles genus contains three species:[1]

Psitteuteles, Bonaparte 1854

  • Psitteuteles versicolor, (Lear 1831) (varied lorikeet)
  • Psitteuteles iris, (Temminck 1835) (iris lorikeet)
    • Psitteuteles iris iris, (Temminck 1835)
    • Psitteuteles iris wetterensis, (Hellmayr 1912)
  • Psitteuteles goldiei, (Sharpe 1882) (Goldie's lorikeet)


Common and binomial names[1] Image Description Range
Varied lorikeet
(Psitteuteles versicolor)
Psitteuteles versicolor -Queensland-8-4c.jpg
19 cm (7.5 in) long. Mainly green with short yellow longitudinal streaks. The lores, forehead, and crown are red. The beak is red, the bare eye-rings are white, the lores are bare, and the irises are orange-yellow. The upper breast is mauve with longitudinal yellow streaks. The legs are bluish-grey. Females are duller and have less the red on the head.[2] A monomorphic species native to northern Australia[3]
Iris lorikeet
(Psitteuteles iris)
Psitteuteles iris -San Diego Zoo -2007.jpg
20 cm (8 in) long. Mostly green with pale-green transverse striations on its underside. The top of the head is red and there is a purple band from the eyes extending over the ears. The beak is red-orange, the iris is orange, and the legs are bluish-grey. The red on the head of the female is paler and less extensive. The extent and shade of the red and purple on the head varies between two or three subspecies.[2] Timor and Wetar Island[2][4]
Goldie's lorikeet
(Psitteuteles goldiei)
Psitteuteles goldiei -Pittsburgh National Aviary-8-3c.jpg
19 cm (7.5 in) long. It is mainly green, and its underside is yellow-green with dark green longitudinal streaks. It has red plumage over the crown, which is less extensive in the female. The back of its head is blue, its cheeks are mainly mauve and blue, its beak is black, and its irises are brown. Its legs are greenish-brown.[2] A monomorphic species native to the highlands of New Guinea (usually 1000 to 2200 m ASL)[2] of Indonesia and Papua New Guinea[5]


  1. ^ a b "Zoological Nomenclature Resource: Psittaciformes (Version 9.004)". 2008-07-05. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Forshaw (2006). plate 14.
  3. ^ BirdLife International (2008). Psitteuteles versicolor. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 2 October 2009.
  4. ^ BirdLife International (2008). Psitteuteles iris. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 2 October 2009.
  5. ^ BirdLife International (2008). Glossopsitta concinna. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved 2 October 2009.

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