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Papuan lorikeet

Charmosyna papou

Photo by Phil Palmer (Bird Holidays)

Common name:
Papuan lorikeet (en); lóri-da-Papua (pt); lori papou (fr); lori rabilargo (es); Papualori (de)

Order Psittaciformes
Family Psittacidae

This species is endemic to the island of New Guinea, being found both in Indonesia and in Papua-New Guinea.

These birds are 25 cm long and weigh 90-115 g.

The Papuan lorikeet is mostly found in NothofagusPodocarpus mountain rainforests, also using second growth areas. They are present at altirudes of 1.500-3.500 m.

They feed on nectar, pollen, possibly flowers, flower buds, fruits and small seeds.

Papuan lorikeets breed in August-November. They nest on tree hollows, where the female lays 2 eggs which are incubated by both parents for 26-28 days. The chicks are fed by both parents and fledge 56-64 days after hatching, but only become fully indepedent 4-6 week after fledging.

IUCN status – LC (Least Concern)
This species has a large breeding range and is reported to be fairly common throughout this range. The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.

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