The ornate lorikeet is a mainly green parrot about 25 centimeters long. Its head, above its eyes, is purple blue and its face, below its eyes, is red. There is red at the back of the head and yellow behind the eyes. Its chin to its chest has transverse green strips and bars of red and blue. Its abdomen is green with sparse variable yellow scalloping. The beak is red-orange, the irises are dark orange, the eye-ring is dark gray and the legs are gray.