Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Cardinal Lory (Chalcopsitta cardinalis)


French: Lori cardinal German: Kardinallori Spanish: Lori cardenal

Lorius cardinalis

G. R. Gray

, 1849,

Solomon Islands




Islands E of New Ireland S through Solomons to Makira (San Cristobal).

Descriptive notes

30–31 cm; 173–215 g. Bright red, darker on back and wings; bill reddish orange, dark at base; bare orbital skin dark; underparts lightly edged yellowish, giving... read more


Commonest call a rather high-pitched and rising “tsleet!” or a more buzzy “tzeet!”. When perched,... read more


Mangroves, lowland forest, secondary growth, coconut groves, wherever trees are flowering, lowlands... read more

Food and feeding

Blossoms of Cocos nucifera in gardens and of Elaeocarpus and Syzygium in primary forest, seemingly preferring... read more


Copulation in Aug, and display in Sept. Only nest reported, Aug, was in hollow, metre-long, near-vertical branch stump near base of 10 m... read more


Birds readily move between islands to feed and roost.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened (Least Concern). CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Abundant on Kolombangara, Ghizo, New Georgia, Guadalcanal, Isabel,... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Cardinal Lory (Chalcopsitta cardinalis). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 22 March 2018).