Josephine’s Lorikeet

Josephine’s Lorikeet 23–25 cm. Plumage extensively red, 

Josephine's Lorikeet

with orange bill and legs, blue-streaked black patch from behind eye over rear crown and nape; black lower belly, flanks, and thighs; olive-green mantle and wings, 

Josephine's Lorikeets

but red underwing-coverts; small dull blue rump patch; outer tail feathers proximally green, distally yellow, tail tipped yellow, and underside all yellow.  


The Female has a yellow patch on the upper rump. Immature has a green or blue tinge in black. Race sepikiana has grey instead of blue in the crown, more black on the belly; cyclopum largely lacks any blue crown streaking and is only faintly dusky on the belly.

A pair of Josephine’s lorikeets (Charmosyna josefinae) at Loro Parque Fundacion

SOURCE: Video Ark

Systematics History

Editor’s Note: This article requires further editing work to merge existing content into the appropriate Subspecies sections. Please bear with us while this update takes place.

Three subspecies were recognized.



Charmosyna josefinae josefinae Scientific name definitions

W New Guinea from Vogelkop Peninsula to Snow Mts.


Charmosyna josefinae cyclopum Scientific name definitions

Cyclops Mts, in NC New Guinea.


Charmosyna josefinae sepikiana Scientific name definitions


C New Guinea from Sepik R and Western Highlands E to Mt Bosavi.


Editor’s Note: Additional distribution information for this taxon can be found in the ‘Subspecies’ article above. In the future, we will develop a range-wide distribution article.


Inhabits forest, forest edge, and partly cultivated land, generally at middle elevations, 760–1770 m.


No information, but possibly nomadic.

Diet and Foraging

Nectar, pollen, and flower buds, taken in canopy trees and mid-story epiphytes; a climbing vine with large white flowers noted to be important.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Calls include high-pitched screeches such as a shrill “skreet” and a quieter “tsit”, quite similar to C. pulchella.


Bird in breeding condition taken in Feb; no other information.

Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Considered to be generally sparse and local throughout most parts of the range, although assessments may be biased by unobtrusive behavior. Forest habitat not threatened at present, but likely to be affected in future; trade probably not a threat, although 697 were exported in 1986, mostly from Indonesia, and 459 in 1987, thereafter becoming much lower.

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