Australian Bush Birds
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet  -  Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
The Scaly-breasted Lorikeet is mainly green with red beak and yellow markings; note the dark area between eye and beak.
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet Scaly-breasted Lorikeet
Yellow margins on green feathers gives a scaly appearance better seen from the front.
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet photograph Small patch of red at the shoulder.
Scaly-breasted Lorikeet - page 2
map map The Scaly-breasted Lorikeet - Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus - is a fairly plain green lorikeet. Yellow margins on feathers of the neck and breast giving a scaly appearance. Head is all green, beak red; sometimes a small patch of red at the shoulder. Upper wing surface is green; underwing is red with green leading edge and dark brown trailing edge. The brightly coloured underwing provides a contrasting appearance in flight. Reaches 24 centimetres in length.

Feed on nectar, flowers, seeds, and fruit in grevilleas, banksia and eucalypts.

Male and female adults are similar in colouring.

Immature birds are a duller green with brown iris and bill.

Lives in a variety of vegetation types along the east coast from south of Sydney to Cape York, a separate population is found in central Victoria. Common and nomadic.