Musk Lorikeet

The musk lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna) is a lorikeet, now the only species in the genus Glossopsitta. It inhabits south-central/eastern Australia.

The little lorikeet and the purple-crowned lorikeet were previously included in the genus.

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".

Other common names include red-eared lorikeet, and green keet,[4] and formerly a local Sydney indigenous term coolich.

The names green leek and king parrot have been incorrectly applied to this species in the past.



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