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Purple-crowned Lorikeet

 (Glossopsitta porphyrocephala)

Also known as: Porphyry-crowned Lorikeet, Blue-crowned Lorikeet, Purple-capped Lorikeet or Lory, Purple-capped Parakeet, Zit Parrot

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Purple-crowned Lorikeet
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Did You Know?

Its swift, direct flight sometimes gets the Purple-crowned Lorikeet in trouble; these birds have been in numerous collisions with telephone lines or netting fences.

Academic Research

Related publications: Glossopsitta porphyrocephala

Species Profile

Genus: Glossopsitta | Species: porphyrocephala

Size:

16cm (6.2 in)

Weight:

40-50g (1.4-1.75 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults in general green; orange forehead; deep purple crown; yellow ear coverts; pale blue underparts; sides of breast yellow; bronze/brown upper mantle; red underwing coverts. Bill black. Eye brown.

Colourization Juvenile:

Duller than adults with green crown.

Call:

Calls are shrill notes given continuously in flight. Sharp, metallic chattering given while feeding.

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Video Links:

Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Avibase
Birdlife Australia
Handbook of the Birds of the World
NSW Govt Office of Environment and Heritage

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 82329, Purple-crowned Lorikeet Glossopsitta porphyrocephala, Loetscher, Fred W., Jr., Western Australia, Mar. 31 1969, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Purple-crowned Lorikeet
© By laRuth (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Its swift, direct flight sometimes gets the Purple-crowned Lorikeet in trouble; these birds have been in numerous collisions with telephone lines or netting fences.

Academic Research

Related publications: Glossopsitta porphyrocephala

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare, less so in Australia.

Longevity:

About 10yrs

Housing:

Enclosure with well drained, sloping floor, or suspended cage over well-sealed concrete floor.

Diet:

Commercial lory nectar formulated for small species or a homemade mix of lactose-free baby cereal, honey and malt extract or molasses, mixed with filtered water and made fresh once or twice daily; fruits such as: apple, pear, cactus fruits.

Enrichment:

Provide as large an aviary as possible. Planted aviary is a bonus. Enjoys bathing, so provide overhead misters or shallow bowls of water. Provide easy to clean bird-safe plastic toys, and bird-safe, unsprayed willow, fir, pine and flowering branches which can be used as hiding places and for chewing, which can be removed for cleaning daily.

Nest Box Size:

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

Clutch Size:

3-4

Incubation Time:

20 days

Fledging Age:

7-8 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

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Purple-crowned Lorikeet
© By laRuth (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Its swift, direct flight sometimes gets the Purple-crowned Lorikeet in trouble; these birds have been in numerous collisions with telephone lines or netting fences.

Academic Research

Related publications: Glossopsitta porphyrocephala

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

The population is suspected to be in decline due to habitat loss.

Range:

SW Australia and SE mainland Australia.

Habitat:

Found up to 600m (1968 ft) in drier woodland and forest, occasionally reaching into urban areas to feed on ornamental flowers.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on Eucalyptus pollen and nectar, as well as fruit.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Is nomadic due to unpredictability of flowering eucalypts. Usually seen in small parties to large flocks of hundreds of individuals. Feeds in lower branches and shrubs. Roosts communally in large groups. at times a long way from feeding areas.

Clutch and Egg Size:

3-4 rounded eggs, 20.5 x 16.5mm (0.8 x 0.6 in).

Breeding Season:

August-December

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Research: Feeding behaviour of a Purple-crowned Lorikeet on flowers of Eucalyptus buprestium

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Purple-crowned Lorikeet
© By laRuth (Flickr) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Its swift, direct flight sometimes gets the Purple-crowned Lorikeet in trouble; these birds have been in numerous collisions with telephone lines or netting fences.

Academic Research

Related publications: Glossopsitta porphyrocephala

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