Purple-crowned lorikeet

Glossopsitta porphyrocephala


The Purple-crowned Lorikeet is found in southern New South Wales and much of Victoria, through southern parts of South Australia, including the Flinders Ranges, and in southern Western Australia. It is listed as vulnerable in NSW.

It is a small green parrot with bright-green upperparts and  pale blue below. It has a patch of purple on top of the head, and the face has a patch of red in front of the eye, a yellow patch above the beak and a yellow-orange cheek patch. The underwings have a prominent red patch, while the undertail is yellow.

They prefer dry eucalypt forests, woodlands and shrublands, but may also be found in parks and gardens of towns and suburbs feeding on nectar from eucalypt flowers.

As other parrots Purple-crowned Lorikeets rely on hollow branches and holes when breeding. They seek hollows with a narrow entrance.  The eggs are laid on chewed, decayed wood in a hollow limb or where a branch has broken from the trunk of a eucalypt tree. Male and female prepare the nest cavity, the female incubates the eggs and together they feed their young.