Coconut Lorikeet

Scientific Name: Trichoglossus haematodus
Malay Name: Bayan-Madu Pelangi Biasa
Chinese Name: 椰果彩虹鹦鹉

Breeding Range: (AU) s Moluccas, w New Guinea, e to Loyalty Islands

Polytypic. Subspecies are: haematodus, caeruleiceps, micropteryx, flavicans, nigrogularis, nesophilus, massena, deplanchii.

Size: 25-30 cm

Both sexes similar. Bill red, head dark blue, nape yellow-green, rest of upperparts and tail green. Underparts generally green with undertail coverts yellow and underwings bright red. Breast is barred with red and blue. Call is thinner, brighter and more shrill compared to the other parakeets in Singapore.

Similar looking species: Long-tailed Parakeet, Red-breasted Parakeet

Habitat: Species most frequently encountered in open woodland habitat such as parks. Generally avoids closed forest but has been recorded on the outskirts of the nature reserves. 

Behaviour/Ecology: Seen most frequently in small flocks. This species is unique amongst our local parrots in being especially specialised at consuming nectar. 

Local Status: Uncommon introduced resident.

Conservation Status: Least Concern (BirdLife International 2018)

Location: Singapore Botanic Gardens, Clementi forest, Ulu Pandan Park Connector, Southern Ridges. 


External Links:
Conservation Status: IUCN Red List Page
Photos: Oriental Bird Images
Sound Recordings: xeno-canto Link
Wikipedia Entry: Wikipedia Link

BirdLife International. (2018). Trichoglossus haematodus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Downloaded on 2 September 2021
BirdLife International. (2018). Trichoglossus haematodusThe IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2018. Downloaded on 24 October 2021.