Little Lorikeet

Little Lorikeet

Little Lorikeet 15 cm; 34–53 g. Generally green, more yellowish below; black bill; front of head around the bill, from forehead through the eye to chin, red; pale green streaking on-ear-­coverts; light bronze tinge to nape and mantle; tail below red basally, shading to yellow with grey tips.

Little Lorikeet


Immature has a duller red face.

Systematics History

Forms a species pair with G. porphyrocephala. Monotypic.



Up close with lovely Little Lorikeets – Capertee Valley



E & SE Australia; irregular in South Australia except in extreme SE, and vagrant in Tasmania.

Little Lorikeet (Glossopsitta pusilla_ Psittacidae_ Parrots) Canberra_ Australia (4K) May 2021(1080P

SOURCE: Bird watchers Channel


Canopy of trees in open wooded country, particularly in riparian stands of E. camaldulensis and associated box-ironbark forests, but possibly also in denser forest, were less easily detected; occurs at all altitudes within range.


Nomadic, following flowering events in different areas.

Diet and Foraging

Pollen, nectar, blossoms of Eucalyptus  (in winter E. sideroxylon and E. leucoxylon), Melaleuca and Xanthorrhoea trees, flowers, and juice of mistletoe Amyema cambagei and A. gaudichaudi, berries of Loranthus and fruit of Eriobotrya japonica; birds visit orchards but are not serious pests.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Commonest call a high-pitched lisping “tslit!”, significantly higher-pitched than that of G. concinna. When perched, the repertoire is slightly more extensive with several similar-sounding notes covering a wider frequency range, often given as a continuous twittering.


Jun–Jan, as early as May in N. Nest in hollow limb or hole in a tree, usually a living eucalypt near water, 7–12 m up. Eggs  3–5; in captivity, incubation lasts 22 days, nestling period c. 6 weeks.

Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common to abundant in the center of range in S Queensland and New South Wales, becoming moderately common to uncommon at the extremities.

Of several records from Tasmania, only one involved positive identification, and there is no recent evidence.

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