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New Caledonian Lorikeet

 (Charmosyna diadema)

Also known as: Diademed Lorikeet, New Caledonian Diademed Lorikeet

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The New Caledonian Lorikeet is known only from two females found before 1860, and unconfirmed sightings in the 1950s and 1976.

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Species Profile

Genus: Charmosyna | Species: diadema

Size:

19cm (7.4 in)

Weight:

Not recorded.

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Male-undescribed. Female-in general green; yellow cheeks and throat; purple/blue crown; olive/brown wash on mantle; purple/blue wash on thighs; red vent; green tail, with red at lateral feather bases. Bill orange/red.

Colour Juvenile:

Not recorded.

Call:

Not recorded.

More Information:

Avibase
Lexicon of Parrots
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition
Vanished and Vanishing Parrots, Forshaw, 2017.

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© John G. Keulemans | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The New Caledonian Lorikeet is known only from two females found before 1860, and unconfirmed sightings in the 1950s and 1976.

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WPT has worked with numerous partners to help save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Charmosyna diadema

Species Care

Captive Status:

Not found in captivity.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Not recorded.

Diet:

Not recorded.

Enrichment:

Not recorded.

Nest Box Size:

Not recorded.

Clutch Size:

Not recorded.

Incubation Time:

Not recorded.

Fledging Age:

Not recorded.

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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© John G. Keulemans | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The New Caledonian Lorikeet is known only from two females found before 1860, and unconfirmed sightings in the 1950s and 1976.

Programs & Projects

WPT has worked with numerous partners to help save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Charmosyna diadema

Species Wild Status

World Population:

< 50

IUCN Red List Status:

Critically Endangered

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

This species possibly has requirements for lowland semi-deciduous forests, which have almost disappeared from the island. Also, introduced disease (avian malaria) or animals may have caused declines.

Range:

Recorded from Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Ovalau and Taveuni, Fiji Islands.

Habitat:

Forest edge of rainforest near to Melaleuca woodland.

Wild Diet:

Presumably pollen and nectar.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Reports early on indicated that this lorikeet lived in forest and sometimes fed in Erythina trees (Layard and Layard 1882).  It is thought that it and closely-related Charmosyna range into lowland forests from mountain forest, depending on the season (Forshaw 1989).

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not recorded.

Breeding Season:

Possibly July-December

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© John G. Keulemans | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The New Caledonian Lorikeet is known only from two females found before 1860, and unconfirmed sightings in the 1950s and 1976.

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Academic Research

Related publications: Charmosyna diadema

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