Lories and Lorikeets: Overview
(Naming, Range and Description)
Little Lory (Glossopsitta pusilla) is known by a variety of
names, including Tiny Lorikeet, Red-faced Lorikeet, Gizzie, Slit and
Status in the Wild /
The Little Lory is native to eastern and
south-eastern 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. Small populations also occur
in Tasmania. This species is
endangered in its natural habitat due to habitat destruction (CITES II).
They are usually seen in forest areas, especially in the vicinity of
flowering or fruit-bearing vegetation.
Lories average 15 cm (6 in) in length (including tail).
Both males and
females look alike, except the plumage of the female is a little duller. The
crown, lores (the regions between the eyes and bill on the side of a bird's
head) and throat are red. The nape (lower back of the neck) and shoulder are
bronze-colored and the remainder of the plumage is green. The underparts are
yellow-tinged. The bill is black and the iris yellow-golden in color.
Diet / Feeding
Their main diet consists
of a variety of fruit and flowers, including native grasstrees, and tea-tree
(Melaleuca spp.), Loranthus, and loquat (Eriobotrya japonica). They will also
northern range the breeding season commences in May and in the southern range,
they begin to breed in August. The breeding season usually goes on until
They will typically nest in a tree cavity. Each clutch consists
of 3 to 5 matte white eggs, measuring 20 x 16 mm. The eggs are incubated for
about 3 weeks before they hatch.
Lories as Pets or in
Little Lorikeet are very rarely seen outside
their natural range of Australia. Even within their native country, they are
uncommon in captivity. These lories have not been doing well in captivity and
have gained a reputation for being difficult to keep - most likely due to their
very specific dietary requirements.
Due to their endangered status, any
suitable specimen that cannot be released back into their natural habitat
(native range) should preferably be placed into a well-managed breeding program
to ensure the continued survival of this species.
Their expected lifespan
is 28+ years, provided their specific dietary needs are met. They reach maturity
at 8 months or later. Males and females look alike and breeders depend on DNA or
endoscopic sexing to determine their gender.
Family: Loriidae ...
Genus: Scientific: Glossopsitta ... English: Musk Lorikeets ... Dutch:
Muskuslori ... German: Moschusloris ... French: Loriquet musqué ... Species:
Scientific: Glossopsitta pusilla ... English: Little Lorikeet ... Dutch:
Dwerglori ... German: Zwergmoschuslori ... French: Loriquet nain
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