The Musk Lorikeet (Glossopsitta concinna) is a medium-sized bird in the parrot family. It is also known as the Red-Eared Lorikeet and Green Keet.
The Musk Lorikeet is green with a red forehead, blue crown, and a yellow band on its wings. It has a red beak and orange eyes.
It measures about 22 centimetres (9 inches) tall.
The Musk Lorikeet is native to eastern Australia. It prefers woodlands and dry forests, particularly with eucalypt trees. It is arboreal, living in trees.
It is a nectarivore, because it sips the nectar and pollen from plants. It has a brush-tipped tongue for getting the nectar from inside flowers.
It is often seen in large flocks.
It builds a nest in a hollow in a tree. The female lays two eggs, which hatch after 24 days. The chicks become independent after 6-8 weeks.
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