Musk lorikeet

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Musk Lorikeet
Musk Lorikeet jul08.jpg
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Superfamily: Psittacoidea
Family: Psittaculidae
Subfamily: Loriinae
Tribe: Loriini
Genus: Glossopsitta
Species: G. concinna
Binomial name
Glossopsitta concinna
(Shaw, 1791)
Feeding on desert ash in Victoria, Australia

The Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna) is a lorikeet, one of the three species of the Glossopsitta genus.[2] It inhabits south-central/eastern Australia. The Musk Lorikeet was first described by ornithologist George Shaw in 1790 as Psittacus concinnus, from a collection in the vicinity of Port Jackson in what is now Sydney. John Latham described it as Psittacus australis. Its specific epithet is the Latin concinna "elegant".[3] Other common names include Red-eared Lorikeet, and Green Keet,[4] and formerly a local Sydney indigenous term Coolich.[5] The names Green Leek and King Parrot have been incorrectly applied to this species in the past.[4]


Cunninghams Gap, SE Queensland

The Musk Lorikeet is 22 centimetres (8.7 in) long. It is mainly green and it is identified by its red forehead, blue crown and a distinctive yellow band on its wing. Both upper and lower mandibles of the beak are red at the tip and darker near its base. The blue area on the crown of the female is smaller and paler than seen on the male.

Distribution and habitat[edit]

Musk Lorikeets are found in eastern New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.[6] Range: Uncommon nomad in woodlands and drier forests in south-east mainland, mainly west of divide, and TAS.


The musk lorikeet breeds mainly from August to January. Their nest are usually built in a hollow limb of a tree. Two white 25 mm × 20 mm (0.98 in × 0.79 in) eggs are laid.[citation needed]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Glossopsitta concinna". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Zoological Nomenclature Resource: Psittaciformes (Version 9.004)". 2008-07-05. 
  3. ^ Simpson DP (1979). Cassell's Latin Dictionary (5 ed.). London: Cassell Ltd. p. 883. ISBN 0-304-52257-0. 
  4. ^ a b Lendon, p. 23
  5. ^ Long, George (1841). The Penny Cyclopædia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. London: Charles Knight & Co. p. 90. 
  6. ^ "Musk Lorikeet". Australian Museum - Birds in Backyards. Retrieved 2009-08-22. 

Cited texts[edit]

  • Lendon, Alan H. (1973). Australian Parrots in Field and Aviary (2nd. ed). Sydney: Angus and Robertson. ISBN 0-207-12424-8. 
  • Low, Rosemary (1978). Lories and Lorikeets. Melbourne: Inkata Press. ISBN 0-909605-08-4.