Glossopsitta porphyrocephala  Dietrichsen, 1837

Purple-crowned lorikeet                   

Schweizer move this species to a new group together with the little lorikeet, Parvipsitta , so Parvipsitta porphyrocephala




SW to SE Australia, including Kangaroo Island, with vagrant flocks recorded as far N as SE Queensland.


Not globally threatened. CITES II. Least concern. Decreasing.

The population is suspected to be in decline owing to ongoing habitat destruction.


  • length: 16cm (6.3 inch)
  • weight: 37-52 gr.

The crown is dark purple-blue.

Lores and small area in front of the eyes are orange.

Ear coverts are orange tinged with yellow.

The rest of the head light green.

Underparts are light green, very strongly suffused with pale blue.

Yellow pacthes on the sides of breast hidden under the wings.

Mantle bronze, tinged with green.

The bend of the wing light blue.

Primaries darkgreen, narrowly margined on the outer web with pale yellow.

Underwing coverts crimson.

Tail are dull yellow-olive below with faint orange-red on the inner webs.

The rest is green, more yellowish on the thighs and flanks.

Bill black and iris brown.


dilute but didn't established.




Recently imported into Europe, so for the moment rare, but as they breed very good, they will be very common in the future.


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