Little Lorikeet (species: Parvipsitta pusilla) in Bullala NP (Gaia Guide)
Parvipsitta pusilla
Little Lorikeet

©David Cook: Little Lorikeet (Parvipsitta pusilla)

©Tom Tarrant: Little Lorikeet (Parvipsitta pusilla)

©David Cook: Little Lorikeet (Parvipsitta pusilla)
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Aves
Order Psittaciformes
Family Psittacidae
Genus Parvipsitta
Species Parvipsitta pusilla
Status least concern



Distinguishing features

The male and female are similarly coloured, although the latter is a little duller. The crown, lores and throat are red, the nape and shoulder bronze-coloured and the remainder of the plumage green. The underparts yellow-tinged. The bill is black and the iris golden in colour. (Wikipedia)


  • Up to 16 cm (Length of specimen)


  • Up to 36 cm



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Distribution and habitat preferences

The Little Lorikeet is found in eastern and southern Australia, from the vicinity of Cairns southwards through Queensland and New South Wales from the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range eastwards to the coast, though most of Victoria and southeastern South Australia. It also occurs in Tasmania although is uncommon there. They are found in forest, especially in the vicinity of flowering or fruit-bearing vegetation. (Wikipedia)

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Birds feeding and perched in surrounding trees.

© Greg McLachlan


Fruit and flowers form the bulk of their diet, including native grasstrees (Xanthorrhoea spp.), and tea-tree (Melaleuca spp.), Loranthus, and the introduced Loquat (Eriobotrya japonica). (Wikipedia)

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