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Scaly-breasted Lorikeet (nesting)

Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus


I was lucky to spot a nesting pair of Scaly-breasted Lorikeets (Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus). This is an Australian native parrot species found in the lowland eucalypt forests and woodlands of eastern Australia, and belongs to the parrot family Psittaculidae. The common name aptly describes this bird, which has yellow breast feathers broadly edged with green that look like scales. It is often colloquially referred to as a "scaly" and a "greenie." Beak and eyes are red, and both sexes appear the same. Also similar in size and shape to the Rainbow Lorikeet (T. haematodus), but can be distinguished by its all-green head and body. PS: This is my 666th spotting. A spooky number :/


Spotted nesting in the hollow of a massive Sydney Blue Gum, situated on the bank of freshwater Northbrook Creek at Bryden. Dense bushland of D'aguilar National Park only a short distance away, as well as freshwater Lake Wivenhoe. Immediate area mostly cleared farmland.


I spotted here back in 2013, so passing through again I decided to see how things have changed these past 5 years, particularly now we are in drought. I was perusing the creek and surrounding area when I heard the flutter of wings above me, and knew immediately it was a Lorikeet. They have a very distinctive sound, and as I am frequented by Rainbow Lorikeets at home, it's a sound I am familiar with. Then I heard a second bird, and saw it was a pair of "greenies." But all of a sudden, things fell quiet. It was difficult to see from the ground, but unbeknown to me, both birds had actually disappeared into a tree hollow and were nesting. I waited and waited, and it took about 10 minutes before I saw a head pop out of the hollow, but it became apparent that neither bird was going to fly while I was standing nearby. The hollow was high up in the tree, so not the best photos.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 months ago

I have a riot taking place in my backyard at present. Rainbow lorikeets are feeding on some grevilleas. I am so used to their screeching that I just tune them out, but they keep my cats entertained for hours.

DanielePralong 7 months ago

I think so Neil, because they're rarer and also beacause of that that more simple, elegant color pattern I guess. The rainbow cousins are a riot (visual and auditory!)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 months ago

It was a lucky find, Leanne. I've learned to listen as much as look when outdoors. They were shy, and way-less ratbaggy than their rainbow cousins.

LeanneGardner 7 months ago

Beautiful find Neil.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 months ago

Thanks, Daniele. I know what you mean. Probably because they aren't as common? I rarely see them, so to catch sight of them out here was a real treat, particularly in such a cool old tree :)

DanielePralong 7 months ago

Great series Neil! I love the scalies... somehow they're a little more special than the rainbow lorikeets ;-)

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 7 months ago

It was so awesome to see them, Lauren, particularly in a natural bush setting. Lorikeets are such likeable birds :)

LaurenZarate 7 months ago

What a treasure!

QLD, Australia

Lat: -27.30, Long: 152.62

Spotted on Aug 15, 2018
Submitted on Aug 15, 2018

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