Red-chinned Lorikeet


Red-chinned Lorikeet

Red-chinned Lorikeet 17 cm; 31–40 g. Green, brighter below, with reddish-orange bill and red chin, orange-red legs; ear covertsslightly bluish with pale green streaks;

the 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 the chin and a 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.


Red-chinned Lorikeet

Red-chinned Lorikeet

Apparently sedentary.

Diet and Foraging

Red-chinned Lorikeet Noted feeding on inflorescences of a native palm; paste in stomachs apparently composed of nectar and macerated flowers.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

The commonest vocalization is a high-pitched steeply up slurred “pseet!”, given both in flight and perched. When feeding utters a high-pitched twittering.


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No clear information; evidence from Karkar suggests no activity May–Jun.

Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Common to abundant.

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