Musk Lorikeet

Glossopsitta concinna

musk lorikeet

Distribution:

South-Central and South-Eastern Australia, Tasmania and Kangaroo Island

Habitat:

Tall, dry and open forests, and woodlands dominated by eucalyptus. Also seen in suburban parks and in the trees along tree-lined streets.

Diet:

Seeds, fruits, nectar, pollen, berries, insects

Gestation:

Breeding is from August to January and they usually nest in a hollow limb in a eucalyptus tree high off the ground. One to two eggs are incubated for 21-28 days and young birds leave the nest 45-50 days after hatching.

Predators:

Humans and Australian native predators

Conservation Status:

Least concern. The clearance of eucalyptus trees for agriculture could affect these birds in the future, but at present they are described as common in at least some parts of their range.

General:

Although well camouflaged by their plumage, their noisy screeching during feeding betrays their presence.