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The purple headdress of this already vibrant little parrot tells the world when it's sexually mature.

Description: The Purple-crowned Lorikeet has predominantly light blue and green feathers, with patches of yellow, dark blue and red with a dark purple area on top of the head. The beak is small and black.

Diet: Purple-crowned Lorikeets are omnivores. Their diet consists of pollen, nectar, blossoms and fruits as well as insects.

In the wild: These very vocal birds make a high-pitched zit-zit or tsit sound continuously when they fly, as well as twittering while they eat.

Threats: Destruction of habitat, which includes loss of their nesting sites and food sources is a threat to the Purple-crowned Lorikeet. They also face competition for nesting and feeding sites from the introduced and more aggressive Rainbow Lorikeet.

Did you Know?

The purple crown that gives this bird its name doesn’t appear until the lorikeet has fully matured. Young Purple-crowned Lorikeets are not as vibrant in colour as the adults.

Birds of the South-west
Other Name/s
Porphyry-crowned Lorikeet, Blue-crowned Lorikeet, Zit Parrot
Scientific Name
Glossopsitta porphyrocephala
Conservation Status
Least Concern
Body Length
16–18 cm
40–50 g
20 days
Number of Eggs
Southern Australia
Open woodlands and dry forest, often near the coast
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