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Glossopsitta concinna (pair) Victoria -Australia-8.jpg
A pair of musk lorikeet
(Glossopsitta concinna)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Superfamily: Psittacoidea
Family: Psittaculidae
Subfamily: Loriinae
Tribe: Loriini
Genus: Glossopsitta
Bonaparte, 1854

Glossopsitta is a genus of parrot in the Psittaculidae family. They are native to Australia.


There are three species:[1]

Glossopsitta Bonaparte 1854

  • Glossopsitta concinna (Shaw 1791) (musk lorikeet)
    • Glossopsitta concinna concinna (Shaw 1791)
    • Glossopsitta concinna didimus Mathews 1915
  • Glossopsitta pusilla (Shaw 1790) (little lorikeet)
  • Glossopsitta porphyrocephala (Dietrichsen 1837) (purple-crowned lorikeet)


Common and binomial names[1] Image Description Range
Purple-crowned lorikeet
(Glossopsitta porphyrocephala)
Purple-crowned Lorikeet (Glossopsitta porphyrocephala) -pair by nesting box-1cp.jpg
15 cm (5.9 in) long. Dark purple crown. Yellow-orange forehead and ear-coverts, deepening to orange lores. Green upperparts, tinted bronze on the mantle and nape. Chin, chest and belly are powder blue. Yellowish-green under-tail coverts and thighs. Mostly green tail. Crimson patches are present under the wings in the male and not the female. Southern Australia[2] including Kangaroo Island
Little lorikeet
(Glossopsitta pusilla)
Little Lorikeet kobble.JPG
15 cm (5.9 in) long. Mainly green plumage. The crown, lores and throat are red, the nape and shoulder bronze-coloured. The underparts yellow-tinged. The bill is black and the iris golden in colour Eastern and southern Australia[3] including Tasmania although is uncommon there.
Musk lorikeet
(Glossopsitta concinna)
Glossopsitta concinna -water trough -Australia-6-3c.jpg
22 cm (8.7 in) long. Mainly green plumage. Red forehead, blue crown, and a distinctive yellow band on its wing. Both upper and lower mandibles of the beak are tipped with red and are darker near its base. The female has a smaller and paler area of blue on the crown than the male. South-central and eastern Australia[4]


  1. ^ a b "Zoological Nomenclature Resource: Psittaciformes (Version 9.004)". 5 July 2008. 
  2. ^ BirdLife International (2008). Chalcopsitta porphyrocephala. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved {{{downloaded}}}.
  3. ^ BirdLife International (2008). Glossopsitta pusilla. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved {{{downloaded}}}.
  4. ^ BirdLife International (2008). Glossopsitta concinna. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Retrieved {{{downloaded}}}.