Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Little Lorikeet (Glossopsitta pusilla)


French: Lori à masque rouge German: Zwergmoschuslori Spanish: Lori carirrojo

Psittacus Pusillus


, 1790,

New South Wales, Australia


Forms a species-pair with G. porphyrocephala. Monotypic.


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

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 34–53 g. Generally green, more yellowish below; black bill; front of head around bill, from forehead through eye to chin, red; pale green streaking on ear-­... read more


Commonest call a high-pitched lisping “tslit!”, significantly higher-pitched than that of G.... read more


Canopy of trees in open wooded country, particularly in riparian stands of E. camaldulensis... read more

Food and feeding

Pollen, nectar, blossoms of Eucalyptus (in winter E. sideroxylon and E. leucoxylon), Melaleuca and ... read more


Jun–Jan, as early as May in N. Nest in hollow limb or hole in tree, usually a living eucalypt near water, 7–12 m up. Eggs 3... read more


Nomadic, following flowering events in different areas.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common to abundant in centre of range in S Queensland and New South Wales, becoming moderately common to uncommon at the extremities. Of... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Little Lorikeet (Glossopsitta pusilla). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 24 March 2018).