Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Purple-crowned Lorikeet (Glossopsitta porphyrocephala)


French: Lori à couronne pourpre German: Blauscheitellori Spanish: Lori coronipúrpura

Trichoglossus porphyrocephalus


, 1837,

South Australia


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


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

Descriptive notes

15 cm; 37–50 g. Bill black; frontal band and lores fiery red; crown deep purple; upper cheek to nape light green, except ear-coverts orange-yellow; chin and lower cheek... read more


Commonest call a high-pitched, shrill but rather buzzy “tzip!” or “zeep!”. When feeding, repertoire... read more


Lightly wooded inland country, notably dry mallee areas and open savanna, but also heavy ... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar and pollen from blossoms of various Eucalyptus (at least 13 species identified), Melaleuca and Myoporum... read more


Aug–Dec. Nest in hollow limb or hole in tree, usually a living or dead eucalypt near water. Often loosely colonial. Eggs 3–4;... read more


Partly nomadic, some birds seemingly sedentary but others forming large flocks, and in Victoria (... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common in most of range, becoming less frequent in Victoria; however, a substantial chronic decline in numbers documented in SW Australia. read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Purple-crowned Lorikeet (Glossopsitta porphyrocephala). 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).