Musk Lorikeet


Musk Lorikeet 22 cm; 52–65 g. Bill blackish tipped orange; forecrown and ear-coverts red, with light blue streaking below eye; mid-crown dull blue shading to green on the hind crown and to olive-yellow on nape and mantle; back and wings green; tail green, with basal red on the underside of lateral feathers;

Musk Lorikeet

underparts and underwing-coverts yellowish-green, yellow along upper flanks; legs greyish. The Female has less extensive blue on the crown. Immature duller, with dull red head markings.

Musk Lorikeet

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Systematics History

Editor’s Note: This article requires further editing work to merge existing content into the appropriate Subspecies sections. Please bear with us while this update takes place.Race dedimus poorly differentiated, perhaps better subsumed within concinna. The small hybrid population of present species × Trichoglossus moluccanus in SE South Australia (Yorke Peninsula). Two subspecies were tentatively recognized.

Subspecies

Monotypic.

Distribution

E & SE Australia, Kangaroo I, and Tasmania.

Introducing Musk Lorikeets

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Habitat

Wooded country, preferring more open habitats such as eucalypt woodland, riparian growth, and farmland groves, penetrating suburban areas and parks.

Movement

Nomadic. Birds move about in response to the flowering of trees, but apparently, in a more predictable pattern than other lorikeets, birds tend to visit a particular area at regular intervals over a number of years. However, in some fruit-growing areas of Tasmania, the birds’ presence is difficult to predict, with large flocks often forming.

Diet and Foraging

Nectar, pollen, and blossoms, especially of eucalyptsflowers, young shoots, and buds of Callistemon citrinusGrevillea robusta, and Angophora; also berries, fruits, seeds, and insects, sometimes becoming a pest in orchards and on maize and sorghum crops.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Commonest call a shrill rolling screech “krree” or “kirree”, given both in flight and from perch. In the latter case, the repertoire is slightly more extensive with several similar-sounding rolling notes covering a wider frequency range.

Up close with marvelous Musk Lorikeets – Sydney

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Breeding

Aug–Jan. Nest in a hollow limb or hole in the tree, usually high in a living eucalypt near water. Eggs usually only 2; in captivity, incubation 21–22 days (28–30 days also recorded), nestling period 45–50 days.

Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Very common throughout mainland Australian range except in alpine region.


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