Flores lorikeet Trichoglossus haematodus weberi, photographed by James Eaton.

Belongs within: Loriinae.

The genus Trichoglossus includes the rainbow lorikeet T. haematodus and related species found in tropical Australasia and the islands of south-east Asia. Members of this genus often have a barred upper breast and/or relatively long tails. Subspecies of the rainbow lorikeet are predominantly green, often with a blue crown, yellow band around the back of the head, and barred red breast.

<==Trichoglossus Stephens in Shaw 1826 [Trichoglossinae] CC10
    |  i. s.: T. aurifrons (Lesson 1831) [=Psittacus aurifrons] CC10
    |         T. flavoviridis JT12
    |         T. rubiginosus JT12
    |--T. ornatus BKB15
    `--+--T. chlorolepidotus (Kuhl 1820) JT12, CC10 [=Psittacus chlorolepidotus CC10]
       `--+--*T. haematodus (Linnaeus 1771) CC10, JT12, WS48 [=Psittacus haematodus CC10]
          |    |--T. h. haematodus CC10
          |    |--T. h. berauensis Cain 1955 RN72
          |    |--T. h. caeruleiceps M03
          |    |--T. h. capistratus RN72
          |    |--T. h. deplanchii RN72
          |    |--T. h. djampeanus RN72
          |    |--T. h. flavicans [incl. T. h. aberrans] RN72
          |    |--T. h. flavotectus RN72
          |    |--T. h. forsteni RN72
          |    |--T. h. fortis RN72
          |    |--T. h. intermedius RN72
          |    |--T. h. massena RN72
          |    |--T. h. micropteryx RN72
          |    |--T. h. mitchellii RN72
          |    |--T. h. moluccanus (Gmelin 1788) CC10 [=Psittacus moluccanus CC10; incl. T. h. septentrionalis M03]
          |    |--T. h. nesophilus RN72
          |    |--T. h. nigrogularis RN72
          |    |--T. h. novaehollandiae SJ85
          |    |--T. h. rosenbergii RN72
          |    |--T. h. rubritorquis Vigors & Horsfield 1826 WS48
          |    |--T. h. stresemanni RN72
          |    `--T. h. weberi (Büttikofer 1894) [=Psitteuteles weberi] RN72
          `--T. euteles JT12 [=Psitteuteles euteles RN72]

*Type species of generic name indicated


[BKB15] Burleigh, J. G., R. T. Kimball & E. L. Braun. 2015. Building the avian tree of life using a large-scale, sparse supermatrix. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 84: 53–63.

[CC10] Checklist Committee (OSNZ). 2010. Checklist of the Birds of New Zealand, Norfolk and Macquarie Islands, and the Ross Dependency, Antarctica 4th ed. Ornithological Society of New Zealand and Te Papa Press: Wellington.

[JT12] Jetz, W., G. H. Thomas, J. B. Joy, K. Hartmann & A. Ø. Mooers. 2012. The global diversity of birds in space and time. Nature 491: 444–448.

[M03] Morcombe, M. 2003. Field Guide to Australian Birds 2nd ed. Steve Parish Publishing.

[RN72] Rutgers, A., & K. A. Norris (eds.) 1972. Encyclopaedia of Aviculture vol. 2. Blandford Press: London.

[SJ85] Storr, G. M., & R. E. Johnstone. 1985. Field Guide to the Birds of Western Australia 2nd ed. Western Australian Museum: Perth (Australia).

[WS48] Whittell, H. M., & D. L. Serventy. 1948. A systematic list of the birds of Western Australia. Public Library, Museum and Art Gallery of Western Australia, Special Publication 1: 1–126.

Last updated: 27 July 2019.

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