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Glossopsitta concinna

Glossopsitta concinna (*)

Cladus: Eukaryota
Supergroup: Opisthokonta
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Deuterostomia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Infraphylum: Gnathostomata
Superclassis: Tetrapoda
Classis: Aves
Subclassis: Carinatae
Infraclassis: Neornithes
Parvclassis: Neognathae
Ordo: Psittaciformes
Familia: Psittacidae
Subfamilia: Loriinae
Genus: Glossopsitta
Species: Glossopsitta concinna


Glossopsitta concinna (Shaw, 1791)


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Vernacular names
日本語: ジャコウインコ

The Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna) is a lorikeet, one of the three species of the Glossopsitta genus.[1] It inhabits south-central/eastern Australia. The Musk Lorikeet was first described by ornithologist George Shaw in 1790 as Psittacus concinnus, from a collection in the vicinity of Port Jackson in what is now Sydney. John Latham described it as Psittacus australis. Its specific epithet is the Latin concinna "elegant".[2] Other common names include Red-eared Lorikeet, and Green Keet,[3] and formerly a local Sydney indigenous term Coolich.[4] The names Green Leek and King Parrot have been incorrectly applied to this species in the past.[3]


The Musk Lorikeet is 22 cm (8.5 in) long. It is mainly green and it is identified by its red forehead, blue crown and a distinctive yellow band on its wing. Both upper and lower mandibles of the beak are red at the tip and darker near its base. The blue area on the crown of the female is smaller and paler than seen on the male.

Distribution and habitat

Musk Lorikeets are found in eastern New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.[5] Range: Uncommon nomad in woodlands and drier forests in south-east mainland, mainly west of divide, and TAS.


The musk lorikeet breeds mainly from August to January. Their nest are usually built in a hollow limb of a tree. Two white 25 × 20 mm (0.98 × 0.79 in) eggs are laid.


1. ^ "Zoological Nomenclature Resource: Psittaciformes (Version 9.004)". www.zoonomen.net. 2008-07-05. http://www.zoonomen.net/avtax/psit.html.
2. ^ Simpson DP (1979). Cassell's Latin Dictionary (5 ed.). London: Cassell Ltd.. p. 883. ISBN 0-304-52257-0.
3. ^ a b Lendon, p. 23
4. ^ Long, George (1841). The Penny Cyclopædia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. London: Charles Knight & Co.. p. 90.
5. ^ "Musk Lorikeet". Australian Museum - Birds in Backyards. http://www.birdsinbackyards.net/finder/display.cfm?id=361. Retrieved 2009-08-22.

* BirdLife International (2008). Glossopsitta concinna. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 14 April 2008.

Cited texts

* Lendon, Alan H. (1973). Australian Parrots in Field and Aviary (2nd. ed). Sydney: Angus and Robertson. ISBN 0-207-12424-8.
* Low, Rosemary (1978). Lories and Lorikeets. Melbourne: Inkata Press. ISBN 0-909605-08-4.
* Birds of Australia

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