Red-collared Lorikeets aka Trichoglossus rubritorquis

The Red-collared Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus rubritorquis or sometimes classificed as a separate species Trichoglossus rubritorquis) is indigenous to northern Australia where they populate lowland areas. They integrade or hybridize with the Rainbow Lories in S.W. Cape York Peninsula of Queensland, Australia.

They favor humid and eucalyptus forest areas, woodland, swamps, and can also be found in populated areas / towns. 


A Red-collared Lorikeet is the largest of the lorikeets, measuring roughly 29 cm in length and weighing approximately 130 grams.

The Red-collared Lorikeet is very similar to, – and is frequently confused with – its cousin, the Rainbow Lorikeet. The visual differences are its red collar compared to the yellow collar of the Rainbow Lory; and the Red-collared Lorikeet has a black belly instead of a blue one.

Red-collard Lorikeet

Lories as Pets or in Aviculture:

Due to their endangered status, any suitable specimen that cannot be released back into their natural habitat (native range) should preferably be placed into a well-managed breeding program to ensure the continued survival of this species.

Red-collared Lorikeet
Red-collared Lorikeet
Red-collared Lorikeet perched on head


Family: Loriidae … Genus: Scientific: Trichoglossus … English: Wedge-tailed Lorikeets … Dutch: Wigstaartlori … German: Keilschwanzloris … French: Loriquet

Species: Scientific: Trichoglossus rubritorquis aka Trichoglossus haematodus rubritorquis … English: Red-collared Lorikeet … Dutch: Roodkraaglori, Roodneklori … German: Rotnackenlori … French: Loriquet à collet rouge

CITES II – Endangered Species

Distribution: Northern Australia

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