Trichoglossus capistratus

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Trichoglossus capistratus, Marigold Lorikeet,  Perkici Oranye


The Marigold Lorikeet (Trichoglossus capistratus) is a species of parrot that is endemic to the south-east Asian islands of Sumba (Indonesia), Wetar (Indonesia) and Timor (Indonesia and East Timor). It has often been considered a subspecies of the Rainbow Lorikeet, but following a review in 1997, it is increasingly treated as a separate species.
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. In addition to the nominate subspecies from Timor, it includes the subspecies fortis (“Edward’s Lorikeet”) from Sumba and flavotectus (“Wetar Lorikeet”) from Wetar. It inhabits the edge of primary forest, secondary forest, woodland and plantations at altitudes below 500 m. on Timor, but at least up to 950 m. on Sumba. It remains fairly common, but its relatively small distribution could give cause for future concern. It has not been rated by BirdLife International and IUCN.


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