Red-fronted Lorikeet

Red-fronted Lorikeet 17 cm; 30–35 g. Green above, yellowish-green below; forehead 

Red-fronted Lorikeet

and sides of breast red, as are underwing-coverts, upper tail-coverts, and base of underside of tail; ear-coverts 

Red-fronted Lorikeet parrot

violet streaked blue; flanks and variable band across the underside of secondaries yellow; underside of tail dusky yellowish; bill and legs reddish. Female lacks red on forehead, breast, and underwing-coverts; ear-coverts green streaked yellow. Immature undescribed. Race kordoana has more, paler red on the crown, bluer ear-coverts.

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.

Two subspecies were recognized.



Hypocharmosyna rubronotata rubronotata Scientific name definitions

W Papuan Is (Salawati I) and N New Guinea from Vogelkop to Adelbert Mts.


Hypocharmosyna rubronotata kordoana Scientific name definitions

Biak I, in Geelvink Bay (NW New Guinea).


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.


Canopy of secondary forest and coconut plantations along the coastline and inland hill forest up to 900 m, being confined to the mid-montane forest were lowlands occupied by C. placentas.


No information.

Diet and Foraging

No certain information, but feeding in tall flowering trees 

Red-fronted Lorikeet parrots


observed and reportedly at coconut blossoms.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Main calls are a sharp “kssit” and a harsh “queet”, which is also given in flight. Quite similar to C. placentas.


No information.

Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common in places, but generally not as abundant as sympatric congeners.

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