Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna)


French: Lori à bandeau rouge German: Moschuslori Spanish: Lori almizclero

Psittacus concinnus


, 1791,

New South Wales, Australia


Race didimus poorly differentiated, perhaps better subsumed within concinna. Small hybrid population of present species × Trichoglossus moluccanus in SE South Australia (Yorke Peninsula). Two subspecies tentatively recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • G. c. concinna (Shaw, 1791) – E & SE Australia from SE Queensland S to Victoria, thence W to SE South Australia, including Kangaroo I.
  • G. c. didimus Mathews, 1915 – Tasmania.
  • Descriptive notes

    22 cm; 52–65 g. Bill blackish tipped orange; forecrown and ear-coverts red, with light blue streaking below eye; mid-crown dull blue shading to green on hindcrown and... read more


    Commonest call a shrill rolling screech “krree” or “kirree”, given both in flight and from perch.... read more


    Wooded country, preferring more open habitats such as eucalypt woodland, riparian growth and... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar, pollen and blossoms, especially of eucalypts, flowers, young shoots and buds of Callistemon citrinus, Grevillea... read more


    Aug–Jan. Nest in hollow limb or hole in tree, usually high in a living eucalypt near water. Eggs usually only 2; in captivity,... read more


    Nomadic. Birds move about in response to flowering of trees, but apparently in a more predictable... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Very common throughout mainland Australian range except in alpine region.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna). 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 13 December 2019).