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Little Lorikeet

 (Glossopsitta pusilla)

Also known as: Little Lory, Red-faced Lorikeet, Red-faced Lory, Little Keet, Green Keet, Green Parakeet, Green Leek, Jerryang, Gizzie, Slit

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Wild Little Lorikeets
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Did You Know?

The flight of the Little Lorikeet is quick and direct, its short tail pointed straight out, giving the bird a "bullet" like appearance. Its rapid wingbeats produce a whirring sound, much like a hummingbird.

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Related publications: Glossopsitta pusilla

Species Profile

Genus: Glossopsitta | Species: pusilla

Size:

15cm (5.8 in)

Weight:

30-50g (1.05-1.75 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults mainly yellow/green in colour; red face; bronze/brown upper mantle; green underwing coverts. Bill black. Eye yellow.

Colour Juvenile:

Red face duller; upper mantle minimal brown. Bill dark brown. Eye brown.

Call:

Calls are high-pitched and rolling, sounding like the rattling of a chain. Continuous chatter while feeding.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Avibase
Birds in Backyards
Handbook of the Birds of the World
NSW Govt Office of Environment and Heritage

Content Sources:

CITES
PetPlace
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 82330, Little Lorikeet Glossopsitta pusilla, Loetscher, Fred W., Jr., New South Wales, Australia, Nov. 16 1968, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Wild Little Lorikeets
© Dorothy Jenkins [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Did You Know?

The flight of the Little Lorikeet is quick and direct, its short tail pointed straight out, giving the bird a "bullet" like appearance. Its rapid wingbeats produce a whirring sound, much like a hummingbird.

Academic Research

Related publications: Glossopsitta pusilla

Species Care

Captive Status:

Unknown outside Australia since 1959.

Longevity:

15-20 yrs

Housing:

Aviary with drained, sloping concrete floor, or suspended enclosure over concrete floor.

Diet:

Nectar, a commercial type made for small species or one made from lactose-free baby cereal, honey and malt extract or molasses, mixed with filtered water, made fresh once or twice daily; fruits such as: apple, pear, orange, cactus fruits, pomegranate, kiwi, banana.

Enrichment:

Bathing enjoyed and necessary because of liquid diet. Also provide puzzle/foraging toys, washable non-toxic plastic toys, noise makers, ladders, swings and ropes.

Nest Box Size:

Diagonal box 12" x 6" x 7" (30.5cm x 15.2cm x 17.8cm).

Clutch Size:

3-5

Incubation Time:

20 days

Fledging Age:

6 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

Specialist Club:

The Lory Link

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Wild Little Lorikeets
© Dorothy Jenkins [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Did You Know?

The flight of the Little Lorikeet is quick and direct, its short tail pointed straight out, giving the bird a "bullet" like appearance. Its rapid wingbeats produce a whirring sound, much like a hummingbird.

Academic Research

Related publications: Glossopsitta pusilla

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Burning for agriculture, loss of nesting trees and nectar-producing (Eucalyptus) trees, climate change.

Range:

E and SE mainland Australia; one confirmed record from Tasmania.

Habitat:

Found up to 1600m (5248 ft) in tall open forests, trees along riverways, woodlands, orchards and parks with trees.

Wild Diet:

Takes pollen, nectar, fruit and berries; preferring eucalypts.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Noisy and approachable when in groups feeding. Generally seen in flocks which group together in flowering eucalypts and other flowering trees. Seen often in the company of Rainbow and Musk Lorikeets. Stays mainly in the tall canopy and is not usually seen singly.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3-5 rounded eggs, 19.5 x 16.5mm (0.7 x 0.6 in).

Breeding Season:

July-January, as early as May.

Related Links:

Birdlife Australia
Wikipedia

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Wild Little Lorikeets
© Dorothy Jenkins [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Did You Know?

The flight of the Little Lorikeet is quick and direct, its short tail pointed straight out, giving the bird a "bullet" like appearance. Its rapid wingbeats produce a whirring sound, much like a hummingbird.

Academic Research

Related publications: Glossopsitta pusilla

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