Glossopsitta concinna  Shaw, 1791

musk lorikeet                   




Subspecies and Distribution:


Glossopsitta concinna concinna (Shaw, 1791) – E & SE Australia from SE Queensland S to Victoria, thence W to SE South Australia, including Kangaroo Island.


Glossopsitta concinna didimus (Mathews, 1915) – Tasmania. Poorly differentiated, perhaps better subsumed within concinna. Less blue in the crown, nearly absent in the female.


Status:


Not globally threatened. CITES II. Very common .

The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.


Hybrids:


Small hybrid population of present species × Trichoglossus moluccanus in SE South Australia (Yorke Peninsula)


Glossopsitta concinna concinna


Description:


  • length:22 cm (8,66 inch)
  • weight: 55-70 gr.


Red frontal band and red ear coverts.

The crown and back of the head blue.

Mantle bronze.

Yellow patch on the side of the breast, mainly hidden under the wings.

Upperparts midgreen.

Underparts lightgreen.

Tail green above, yellow-olive below.

The innerwebs of the lateral feathers are edged with orange-red.

Upper mandible is black at the base and cutting edge, coral elsewere, the lower mandible is black.

Iris of the eye is orange.



Some males are brighter coloured on the head and more blue on the crown.

However this is not always the case, so better testing by DNA or endoscopic.


Aviculture:


available but not very common.


Mutations:


lutino and greygreen both bred in from the scaly-breasted lorikeet.


Glossopsitta concinna didimus


Description:


Poorly differentiated, perhaps better subsumed within concinna. Less blue in the crown, nearly absent in the female.


The photos from the wild are taken in Australia, some the nominaat, the other pictures from me, which are taken in Europe, have lesser blue so possibly we have the G.c. didimus or mixed with the nominaat.

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