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.
22 - 24 centimetres in length and weighs approximately 86grams.
They feed on nectar and pollen that they harvest with their brush-tongues, mostly from eucalypts, but also from shrubs such as melaleucas, callistemons and banksias.
They 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.
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.
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.