Red-chinned Lorikeet 17 cm; 31–40 g. Green, brighter below, with reddish-orange bill and red chin, orange-red legs; ear-coverts slightly bluish with pale green streaks; underside of flight-feathers greyish brown with broad yellow mid-stripe; underside of tail greyish brown but red basally and broadly tipped yellow.
Immature has less red on chin, shorter tail.
A member of the C. palmarum group (which see). Karkar I birds are sometimes separated as race krakari [sic]. Monotypic.
Bismarck Archipelago (New Britain, New Ireland, possibly New Hanover); also Karkar I, off NE coast of New Guinea.
Canopy of the hill and montane forest above 500 m, although generally much commoner from 1000–1500 m, and on Karkar rare below 2000 m.
Diet and Foraging
Noted feeding on inflorescences of a native palm; paste in stomachs apparently composed of nectar and macerated flowers.
Sounds and Vocal Behavior
Commonest vocalization a high-pitched steeply up slurred “pseet!”, given both in flight and perched. When feeding utters a high-pitched twittering.
No clear information; evidence from Karkar suggests no activity May–Jun.
Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Common to abundant.