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  Little Lorikeet (Glossopsitta pusilla)





Little Lorikeet | Glossopsitta pusilla photo
Little Lorikeet (Glossopsitta pusilla) Kobble Creek, SE Queensland

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LITTLE LORIKEET FACTS

Description
The Little Lorikeet is a small green lorikeet with black bill and red patch on forehead and throat.. The underside is yellow-green. Immatures are duller with less red on face and brown bill.

Other Names
Green Parakeet

Size
15-17cm

Habitat
forest, woodland, treed areas along watercourses and roads

Food
mainly flowers, nectar and fruit.

Breeding
nests in tree hollow. Lays 4-5 white oval eggs.

Range
coastal east Australia from Cape York in Queensland down east coast and round to South Australia. Uncommon in southern Victoria.



Classification
Class:Aves
Order:Psittaciformes
Family:Psittacidae
Genus:Glossopsitta
Species:pusilla
Common Name:Little Lorikeet

Relatives in same Genus
  Musk Lorikeet (G. concinna)
  Purple-crowned Lorikeet (G. porphyrocephala)