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Musk Lorikeet, Glossopsitta concinna

Musk Lorikeet
Photo copyright Dave Watts


The Musk Lorikeet is a medium-sized (200-230mm) lorikeet. The plumage is mostly green, with bright red forehead and cheek patch and a yellow patch at the side of the breast. The crown is bluish. The beak is red at the tip and darker near its base.


Musk Lorikeets are found in dry forest and woodlands, where they are usually seen in the canopy. They are also seen in roadside plantings, and suburban gardens and parks.


Musk Lorikeets are very active, noisy foragers, often feeding in large flocks. They feed on pollen and nectar from eucalypts using their specialised brush-tipped tongues, but also eat seeds, fruits and insects and their larvae.


Musk Lorikeets breed in eucalypt hollows. The entrance holes are often very small. Two white eggs are laid. The female incubates the eggs and both parents roost in the hollow at night and feed and raise the young.

They have a 24-day incubation period, fledge at about 60 days and reach maturity at 13–14 months, but often they do not breed until they are two years old.


Contact call is a shrill, high pitched screech in flight and when perched. They constantly chatter when feeding. (Audio recordings courtesy of David Stewart/Nature Sound)
Distribution Map courtesy Natural Values Atlas, data from theLIST
© 2010 State of Tasmania


Musk Lorikeets are endemic to south-eastern Australia, being widespread in eastern New South Wales, all regions of Victoria and in the south-east of South Australia.

In Tasmania, the species is a breeding resident throughout appropriate habitat in the drier east and south-east.