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Red-throated Lorikeet

 (Charmosyna amabilis)
 
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The lack of records of this bird may be partly due to its ability to hide in the forest canopy.

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Species Profile

Genus: Charmosyna | Species: amabilis

Size:

18 cm (7 in)

Weight:

Not recorded.

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Both adults generally green; red cheeks, lores and throat, throat being bordered below by thin yellow line; dark red thighs; tail green tipped with yellow, with red at side feather bases. Bill orange. Eye yellow.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adults but red less pronounced on cheeks and throat, bordering yellow line faint. Bill brown/orange.

Call:

High-pitched and brief squeaks.  Calls when in flight or feeding.

More Information:

AvianWeb
Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World
Article: Building community support to search for the Red-throated Lorikeet

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition
Vanished and Vanishing Parrots, Forshaw, 2017.

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Illustration of Red-throated Lorikeets
© John G. Keulemans | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The lack of records of this bird may be partly due to its ability to hide in the forest canopy.

Programs & Projects

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

Academic Research

Related publications: Charmosyna amabilis

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.

Click photo to visit gallery

Illustration of Red-throated Lorikeets
© John G. Keulemans | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The lack of records of this bird may be partly due to its ability to hide in the forest canopy.

Programs & Projects

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

Academic Research

Related publications: Charmosyna amabilis

Species Wild Status

World Population:

< 50

IUCN Red List Status:

Critically Endangered

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Predation by introduced mammals, especially Black rats (Rattus rattus). Logging also presents a threat.

Range:

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

Habitat:

Mature upland rainforest to 1000m (3280 ft); high up in the forest canopy, therefore hard to spot.

Wild Diet:

Lorikeets observed (Holyoak, 1979) feeding in the canopy of a tall, unknown flowering tree, hanging upside-down to get at the flowers.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Holyoak (1979) noted sightings of five birds, a pair and single birds. Inconspicuous and hidden in high canopy, often fluttering between trees.

Clutch and Egg Size:

Not recorded.

Breeding Season:

Not recorded.

Click photo to visit gallery

Illustration of Red-throated Lorikeets
© John G. Keulemans | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The lack of records of this bird may be partly due to its ability to hide in the forest canopy.

Programs & Projects

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

Academic Research

Related publications: Charmosyna amabilis

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