Olive-headed Lorikeet – Trichoglossus euteles (Temminck, 1835) – is a small parrot endemic to the Lesser Sundas.
Outside the breeding season they are seen in flocks with up to 100 birds that are very noisy in their flight. When feeding and resting they are however very silent and can be hard to spot.
The plumage is overall green with a yellow/olive head bordered with pale yellow streaks on the crown and a pale green collar around the neck. The upperparts are green, the underwing has a yellow band. The eyes are red. The bill is orange/red.
Juveniles has a brown bill and brown eyes. The head is olive-green with streaks of paler green.
Lesser Sundas: Timor and adjacent islands from Lomblen to Babar.
Found in lowland forests and savanna woodlands from 1000m up to 2300m and also cultivated areas.
Olive-headed Lorikeet feeds on nectar, pollen, fruits, seeds, insects and larvae.
In aviculture the main part of the diet should be based on either commercial or home made nectar. Also provide plenty of fruit and vegetables and add some spray millet and sprouted seeds.
A log or vertical box about 25 x 25 x 60 cm is used as nest box.
The clutch usually contains 3 eggs that are incubated for about 23 days. Fledging age is 8 weeks.
BirdLife International 2016. Trichoglossus euteles. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2016: e.T22684548A93034860.
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