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The marigold lorikeet or Sumba lorikeet (Trichoglossus capistratus[2]) is a species of parrot that is endemic to the south-east Asian islands of Sumba, Rote, Wetar and Kisar (Indonesia) and Timor (Indonesia and East Timor). It was previously considered a subspecies of the rainbow lorikeet,[3] but following a review in 1997,[4] it is increasingly treated as a separate species.[5][6]

Marigold lorikeet
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Trichoglossus
T. capistratus
Binomial name
Trichoglossus capistratus
(Bechstein, 1811)

Overall, the marigold lorikeet resembles a faded rainbow or scarlet-breasted lorikeet, with the blue to the head not as strongly demarcated and the chest ranging from orange-yellow to yellow.[3] In addition to the nominate subspecies from Timor, it includes the subspecies fortis ("Edward's lorikeet") from Sumba and flavotectus ("Wetar lorikeet") from Wetar.[5] It inhabits the edge of primary forest, secondary forest, woodland and plantations at altitudes below 500 m (1,600 ft) on Timor, but at least up to 950 m (3,120 ft) on Sumba.[7] It remains fairly common,[7] but its relatively small distribution could give cause for future concern.


  1. ^ Birdlife International (2014). "Trichoglossus capistratus". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  2. ^ Lexicon of Parrots
  3. ^ a b Juniper, T., & M. Parr (1998). A Guide to the Parrots of the World. Pica Press. ISBN 1-873403-40-2
  4. ^ Schodde, R. & I. J. Mason (1997). Zoological Catalogue of Australia, Volume 37, Part 2: Aves (Columbidae to Coraciidae). Australian Biological Resources Study. ISBN 0-643-06037-5
  5. ^ a b Dickinson, E. C. (editor) (2003). The Howard and Moore Complete Checklist of the Birds of the World. 3d edition. Christopher Helm. ISBN 0-7136-6536-X
  6. ^ Gill, F., M. Wright, & D. Donsker (2009). IOC World Bird Names. Version 2.1. Accessed 20-06-2009
  7. ^ a b Coates, B. J., & K. D. Bishop (1997). A Guide to the Birds of Wallacea. Dove Publications Pty. Ltd. ISBN 0-9590257-3-1

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