Marigold Lorikeet
Trichoglossus capistratus

Marigold Lorikeet


Description “Marigold Lorikeet”:

26 cm.. length and a weight between 100-157 g..

The Marigold Lorikeet (Trichoglossus capistratus) has the forecrown, the cheeks and chin, dark blue; and the rest of the head It is green with a broadband yellow-green in nape (part posterior of the neck). The upper breast is yellow with green narrow edges feathers. Underwing-coverts are yellow with scattered orange marks. Males may have some red on their edges. The abdomen is dark green. Their peaks They are hooked.

The males and females and players seem to depend on DNA or endoscopic sexing to determine gender.

Taxonomic status:

This taxon is considered a subspecies of Trichoglossus [haematodus, rosenbergii, moluccana, forsteni, capistratus, weberi] (sensu lato) by some authors.

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Description 3 subspecies:

  • Trichoglossus capistratus capistratus

    (Bechstein, 1811) – Nominal.

  • Trichoglossus capistratus flavotectus

    (Hellmayr, 1914) – Head green with purple / blue streaks on forecrown up to the cheeks; variability of yellow to deep orange in chest; neck wide and yellow; abdomen dark green to green / black; underwing-coverts yellow with orange markings variables.

  • Trichoglossus capistratus fortis

    (Hartert, 1898) – Head black / brown with purple / blue streaks on forecrown up to the cheeks; lores , throat, line up back of the eyes and occiput, green; chest bright yellow with orange but not barred / red marks; abdomen dark green, with occasional shades blue / black; underwing-coverts yellow.

Habitat “Marigold Lorikeet”:

The Marigold Lorikeet They are in mixed flocks with other parrots; small and noisy groups. Nomads, since they depend on flowering trees. It perches communally in groups of hundreds of birds.

It is more common in lowlands, but it is up to altitudes of 2400 m. Wide variety of areas including settlements, forests, coconut plantations, Savanna, eucalyptus forests and mangroves, including dry forest Roti.

Reproduction “Marigold Lorikeet”:

Total of 21 nests found in Sumba between late August and early October 1992, all cavities in large trees (principalmente deciduous).

Food “Marigold Lorikeet”:

Few specific dietary data, but presumably similar to Trichoglossus haematodus and it is known to take nectar and pollen from native trees, as well as insects and figs.

Distribution “Marigold Lorikeet”:

Extension of the distribution (breeding / resident): 171.000 km2

The Marigold Lorikeet It is a species of parrot endemic to the islands of Southeast Asia Sumba, Roti, Wetar and Blend (Indonesia) and Timor (Indonesia and East Timor).

Distribution 3 subspecies:

Conservation “Marigold Lorikeet”:


1. Current category Red List UICN: Least concern.

2. The population trend: Decreasing.

3. Population size : —.

Justification of the red list category

Although this species may have a restricted range, It not believed to approach the thresholds Vulnerable under the criterion of size range (Scope of the presence <20.000 km2 combined with a decreasing area size or fluctuating distribution, extension / habitat quality, or size of the population and a small number of places or severe fragmentation).

While the trend of the population seems to be decreasing, It not believed to be declining fast enough to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under criterion population trend (decrease of more than 30% in ten years or three generations).
The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds Vulnerable under the criterion of population size (<10.000 mature individuals with an estimated> 10% continuous decline in ten years or three generations, or a specific population structure). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least concern.

Justification of the population

Global population size has not been quantified, but the species is described as common in Timor (pit et to the. 1997).

Justification trend

They suspected that the population is declining due to unsustainable levels of exploitation.


The species has been the subject of a intense trade: from 1981, When it was included in the Appendix II of the CITES, they have been 100.388 individuals captured in international trade (UNEP-WCMC CITES Trade Database, January 2005).

In captivity:

It's one of the lori rainbow less noisy but rare in captivity except Dili (Capital of Timor Oriental), where it is quite common. Its longevity It 20 years en libertad, 15-25 years in captivity.

Alternative names

Marigold Lorikeet, Rainbow Lorikeet (Marigold) (English).
Loriquet à tête bleue (harnaché), Loriquet à tête bleue [capistratus], Loriquet d’Edward, Loriquet harnaché (French).
Blauwangenlori, Timor-Allfarblori (German).
Periquito-arco-íris-de-timor, Lóris-de-timor (Portuguese).
Lori de Caléndula, Lori embridado, Lori Arcoiris [capistratus Group] (Spanish).

Johann Matthäus Bechstein
Johann Matthäus Bechstein

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Trichoglossus
Scientific name: Trichoglossus capistratus
Citation: (Bechstein, 1811)
Protonimo: Psittacus capistratus

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