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Purple-crowned Lorikeet - BirdForum Opus

Photo © by Mat & Cathy
Location: Monarto (near Adelaide), South Australia, 13 August 2006
Parvipsitta porphyrocephala

Glossopsitta porphyrocephala


16cm. It has a purple crown, orange ear coverts and forehead, light blue chest and chin. Upper parts are bright green, with a bronze nape and mantle; underparts are green-yellow with a pale blue belly.

The call is a high-pitched slightly metallic tziet, tziet.


Graphics by Nrg800

Semiarid lowlands of southwestern and southeastern Australia, including Kangaroo Island.


This is a monotypic species.[1]


Open woodland, mallee and coastal heath in its eastern area, and forest areas in the west. It has also adapted well to suburbia.


Feed primarily on nectar and pollen of flowering Eucalypts. May raid orchards at times to feed on ripe fruit. Breed where there is a good supply of nectar and tree hollows.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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