Red-collared lorikeet

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Red-collared lorikeet
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At Cincinnati Zoo, USA
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Trichoglossus
T. rubritorquis
Binomial name
Trichoglossus rubritorquis

The red-collared lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubritorquis) is a species of parrot found in wooded habitats in northern Australia (north-eastern Western Australia, northern Northern Territory and far north-western Queensland). It was previously considered a subspecies of the rainbow lorikeet, but today most major authorities consider them as separate species.[2][3] No other member of the rainbow lorikeet group has an orange-red collar over the nape. Every year at the end of the dry season, many of them display symptoms of apparent drunkenness. What causes this condition is unclear.[4]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2005). "Trichoglossus haematodus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2006. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 10 May 2006.
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ Gill, F., M. Wright, & D. Donsker (2009). IOC World Bird Names. Version 2.1. Accessed 20-06-2009
  4. ^ Drunken parrot season begins in Darwin, Australian Geographic, 2011-09-27