The Scaly-Breasted Lorikeets beak and eyes are red, and it is the only lorikeet with an all-green head combined with a red beak. Sexes appear the same, with green upper-wings and body, marked with yellow ‘scales’ on the breast and neck. In flight, Scaly-Breasted Lorikeets have two-tone, red-orange underwings with grey trailing edges.
The Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet occurs across coastal regions of eastern Australia from the tip of Cape York in Queensland, through to Wollongong in New South Wales.
The average lifespan of a Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet is 15 - 20 years out in the wild.
The size of the Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet is 22 - 24 centimetres in length and weighs approximately 86 grams.
The Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet feeds on nectar and pollen that they harvest with their brush-tongues, mostly from eucalypts, but also from shrubs such as melaleucas, callistemons and banksias.
Scaly-Breasted Lorikeets also forage from a range of garden plants, including nectar, pollen, fruits and seeds from umbrella trees.
The Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet lives in lowland eucalypt forests and woodlands but also occurs in heathlands and well-treed urban areas, including parks and gardens.
Breeding season is between August to February. Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet females lay 1 - 2 eggs on a bed of decayed wood in a hollow limb, or where a branch has broken from the trunk of a eucalypt tree. Both the male and female modify the nest hollow by chewing off pieces of wood. Only the female incubates the eggs, which takes approximately 24 days. Both sexes feed the young.