Moluccan Red-flanked Lorikeet
Charmosyna placentis intensior

CLASS: Aves
ORDER: Psittaciformes
FAMILY: Loridae

SIZE:
6.75 inches in height

RANGE:
The Moluccas, Kai and Aru Islands, through New Guinea and adjacent islands to Bismark Archipelago and Bougainville Island in the Solomon.

HABITAT:

Lowland forests and savannah

DIET:
Wild - Pollen, nectar and soft fruits
Zoo - Nectar of apple juice, honey, seeds fruit

DESCRIPTION:

  • Male -- general plumage green, yellowish on under parts; forehead and forecrown greenish-yellow; dark blue patch on rump; lores (area between eye and base of bill), cheeks and upper throat dull red; ear coverts violet blue; flanks and sides of breast red; yellow beneath tail yellow, lateral feathers marked with red and black; bill red; iris yellow or orange; legs orange.
  • Female -- forehead and forecrown green; red makings replaced by green; ear coverts dull bluish black streaked with yellow
  • Immatures -- like females, but males have some red on lores, greenish yellow on forehead

FACTS:

  • Small size and green coloration make it inconspicuous, so it may be more common than otherwise
  • Small flocks can be seen feeding in flowering or fling from one tree to the next; flight is swift and direct
  • In flight voice is shrill screech, while feeding it is more a shrill chattering

YOUNG:
2 - 3 eggs laid in fall and winter, little is known of the nesting habits

STATUS:
CITES App.II; common; not heavily collected for the pet trade as it does not do well in captivity

REFERENCE:
Parrots of the World, Joseph M. Forshaw, 1973