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-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.

Red-chinned Lorikeets

Immature has less red on chin, shorter tail.

Red-chinned Lorikeet

Systematics History

A member of the C. palmarum group (which see). Karkar I birds are sometimes separated as race krakari [sic]. Monotypic.

Subspecies

Monotypic.

Distribution

Bismarck Archipelago (New Britain, New Ireland, possibly New Hanover); also Karkar I, off NE coast of New Guinea.

Habitat

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.

Movement

Apparently sedentary.

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.

Breeding

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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