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Edward's Lorikeet

Trichoglossus capistratus
Conservation Status: 
Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.
Range: 
Indonesia and East Timor
Habitat: 
Eucalyptus forest and mixed forest.

Edward’s Lorikeets eat fruit, nectar, buds, pollen, and small amounts of grains and seeds.  They can be very loud because calls help them know where their flock is. Like other lorikeets they spend lots of time foraging for food in Eucalyptus forest and mixed forest..  Their tongue has special bristles that spread out like a paint brush to help them eat liquid nectar from flowers.  Their genus name Trichoglossus is derived from ancient Greek terms meaning “hair” and “tongue”.   Because they stick their head in so many flowers, are an important pollinator.

They are Least Concern on the IUCN Red List. Their population is declining due to unsustainable levels of exploitation. They are very often caught for the pet trade. Since 1981 when they were listed on CITES Appendix II, over 100,000 individuals have been taken from the wild for international trade.

Edward’s Lorikeets can live 15 to 25 years