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Purple-crowned Lorikeet - profile

Indicative distribution

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The areas shown in pink and/purple are the sub-regions where the species or community is known or predicted to occur. They may not occur thoughout the sub-region but may be restricted to certain areas. ( click here to see geographic restrictions). The information presented in this map is only indicative and may contain errors and omissions.
Scientific name: Glossopsitta porphyrocephala
Conservation status in NSW: Vulnerable
Commonwealth status: Not listed
Profile last updated: 18 Oct 2022


The Purple-crowned Lorikeet is a small (17-18.5cm) parrot. Upper parts are bright green, with a wash of bronze across the nape and mantle, while underparts are greenish-yellow with a pale blue belly. The crown is purple, appearing black in the field while the ear coverts and forehead are orange-yellow. The bend of the wing is narrowly edged bright blue while the underwing coverts are bright red and obvious in flight. They are more often heard than seen, calling often in flight. The call is a high-pitched slightly metallic 'tziet, tziet, tziet'.


The Purple-crowned Lorikeet occurs across the southern parts of the continent from Victoria to south-west Western Australia. It is uncommon in NSW, with records scattered across the box-ironbark woodlands of the Riverina and south west slopes, the River Red Gum forests and mallee of the Murray Valley as far west as the South Australian border, and, more rarely, the forests of the South Coast. The species is nomadic and most, if not all, records from NSW are associated with flowering events.

Habitat and ecology

  • Found in open forests and woodlands, particularly where there are large flowering eucalypts. Also recorded from mallee habitats.
  • Feed primarily on nectar and pollen of flowering Eucalypts, including planted trees in urban areas.
  • May rarely raid orchards to feed on ripe fruit.
  • Breeds away from feeding areas, utilising hollow branches or holes in trees. Also roosts in dense vegetation up to several kilometres away from feeding areas.

Regional distribution and habitat

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IBRA Bioregion IBRA Subregion Known or predicted Geographic restrictions region
Murray Darling DepressionSouth Olary Plain Known None
NSW South Western SlopesInland Slopes Known None
NSW South Western SlopesLower Slopes Predicted None
Ocean - Other StateSouthern Australian Coastal Waters Known None
Other StateSA Known None
Other StateVIC Known None
RiverinaMurray Fans Known None
RiverinaMurray Scroll Belt Known None
RiverinaRobinvale Plains Predicted None
South East CornerSouth East Coastal Ranges Predicted None