Glossopsitta pusilla Shaw, 1790

Little lorikeet             

Schweizer recently (2015) moved the little together with the purple-crowned lorikeet, to Parvipsitta  and are no longer in the same group as the concinna so now it's Parvipsitta pusilla, but as I follow the taxonomy from HBW , I haven't changed Glossopsitta yet.




E & SE Australia; irregular in South Australia except in extreme SE, and vagrant in Tasmania.


Not globally threatened. CITES II. Least concern.

Suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.


  • length: 15cm ( 5.9 inch)
  • weight: 40-50 gr.

Forehead , lores, throat and forepart of the cheek red.

Ear coverts green, shaft-streaked with yellowish green.

Nape and upperpart of the mantle is bronze, tinged with green.

Underwing coverts yellowish green. Outer webs of primaries are narrowly margined with pale yellow.

Tail green above, and below yellow-olive, with orange-red on the inner webs, mainly on the basal half.

The rest is green. Underparts a lighter shade green then the upperpart.

The bill is black and the iris orange.

Feet, cere and skin surrounding the eye is grey.

Sexual dimorphism:

In some adult birds have males more and deeper red facial coloration, and darker more intense brown on the nape and mantle.

However is some other birds is there no difference between male and female, so best DNA or endoscopic sexing.


Outside Australia very rare, but also some have being imported recently to Europe, so we will see how it works out, but is also an easy species so normally , so it should be possible to make it available in the future.


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