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Fairy Lorikeet

 (Charmosyna pulchella)

Also known as: Little Red Lorikeet, Little Red Lory, Fair Lorikeet

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Fairy Lorikeet, rothschildi race
© Peter Odekerken

Did You Know?

The calls of the Fairy Lorikeet vary geographically. Western populations produce a nasal sound, eastern birds are sweeter and more staccato.

Academic Research

Related publications: Charmosyna pulchella

Species Profile

Genus: Charmosyna | Species: pulchella

Size:

18cm (7 in)

Weight:

24-34g (0.8-1.2 oz)

Races including nominate:

two: C.p. pulchella, C.p. rothschildi

Colour Adult:

C.p. pulchella: Male-dark green back, wings and upper tail coverts; blue rump; purple/black spot on hindcrown; breast and occasionally lower flanks streaked with yellow; thighs purple/black; uppertail green tipped with yellow, with central feathers red towards middle and tips. Bill orange/red. Eye yellow/orange.  Female-lower back green/yellow on sides; sides of rump to flanks yellow.
C.p. rothschildi: Male-green breast streaked with yellow; black spot on hindcrown reaching forward to area behind eye and continuing as black wash on hindneck to meet green mantle; purple/black on abdomen; upper tail coverts suffused with yellow. Female-wide green chest band with yellow streaking; green/yellow spot on side of rump.

Colour Juvenile:

C.p. pulchella: Green crown and nape; breast washed green with yellow streaking absent or minimal; green rump; thighs dark green washed with black; underwing stripe dull yellow. Bill dark brown. Eye brown.
C.p. rothschildi: Dull green breast with yellow streaking absent or minimal.

Call:

Call notes vary from area to area; in west sounds are nasal, in the east sweeter and shorter.

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More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 139546, Fairy Lorikeet Charmosyna pulchella, Beehler, Bruce, Papua, Indonesia, Dec. 7 2005, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977, 1989
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.

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Fairy Lorikeet, rothschildi race
© Peter Odekerken

Did You Know?

The calls of the Fairy Lorikeet vary geographically. Western populations produce a nasal sound, eastern birds are sweeter and more staccato.

Academic Research

Related publications: Charmosyna pulchella

Species Care

Captive Status:

Small numbers in captivity.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Enclosure with well-drained floor, suspended over a concrete base, or indoor cage 1.2m (4 ft) long in room with tile on walls and floor.

Diet:

Nectar, either a commercial mix specially formulated for small species, or a mixture of baby cereal (lactose-free), honey and malt extract or molasses, mixed with water (filtered or bottled), made fresh once or twice daily; fruits such as: apple, orange, cactus fruits, pears. Avoid protein as may cause reaction.

Enrichment:

Provide bird-safe flowering branches (unsprayed); also provide shallow dish for daily bathing. Use climbing toys such as ropes and swings.

Nest Box Size:

5" x 5" x 10" (12.7cm x 12.7cm x 25.4cm) vertical box.

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

25 days

Fledging Age:

8.5 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

Specialist Club:

The Lory LInk

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Fairy Lorikeet, rothschildi race
© Peter Odekerken

Did You Know?

The calls of the Fairy Lorikeet vary geographically. Western populations produce a nasal sound, eastern birds are sweeter and more staccato.

Academic Research

Related publications: Charmosyna pulchella

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

The species is reported to be abundant in some areas but scarce in others because of trade.

Range:

C.p. pulchella: Mountains of New Guinea, excluding Cyclops Mountains.
C.p. rothschildi: Cyclops Mountains and northern slopes of mountains above Idenbreg River, Irian Jaya.

Habitat:

Found in montane forest, forest edge and secondary growth from 750-2300m (2460-7544 ft).

Wild Diet:

Eats pollen and nectar.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Found in pairs, or flocks of 15 or more individuals. Groups with other Charmosyna lorikeets in the tops of flowering trees.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 rounded eggs, 19.0 x 16.0mm (0.7 x 0.6 in)

Breeding Season:

January-April

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Fairy Lorikeet, rothschildi race
© Peter Odekerken

Did You Know?

The calls of the Fairy Lorikeet vary geographically. Western populations produce a nasal sound, eastern birds are sweeter and more staccato.

Academic Research

Related publications: Charmosyna pulchella

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