Size of a House Sparrow. Sexes alike, but the
female is duller, coloured than the male, and has only a trace of pale-blue throat-patch;
young birds have the head all green, but otherwise resemble their parents.
It is strictly arboreal,
never descending to the ground. Although often solitary, companions are never far away,
and it keeps them informed of its movements by constantly uttering, while o the wing, a
sharp three-syllabled whistle twiwittwit...twitwitwit. The lorikeet is a
convivial little bird, delighting in juicy fruits, the nectar of flowers(especially dadap
and red cotton), and the juice of palms collected in toddy-drawers' pots.
The lorikeet breeds in
the first half of the year, and sometimes again in July-September. Its breeding habits are
highly remarkable. The eggs are white and nearly spherical, measuring about 19.3 X 16 mm.