Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Near Threatened

Duchess Lorikeet (Charmosyna margarethae)


French: Lori de Margaret German: Margarethenlori Spanish: Lori de Margarita

Charmosyna margarethæ


, 1879,

Makira Harbour, San Cristobal, Solomon Islands




Solomon Is, including Bougainville, Gizo, Kolombangara, Nggatokae, Santa Isabel, Guadalcanal, Malaita, Makira (San Cristobal), Santa Ana and Santa Catalina#R.

Descriptive notes

20 cm; 40–60 g. Mid- to hindcrown blackish, rest of head, throat and nape red; complete yellow ring, bordered on both sides by dull black, from breast onto sides of... read more


Calls in general squeakier, lower-pitched and less shrill compared to congenerics. Calls include a... read more


Forests, second growth and coconut plantations from sea-level into lower mountains up to 1350 m,... read more

Food and feeding

Pollen, nectar and blossoms, and soft fruit, especially epiphytic Schefflera.


Display by male to female observed, Jan; gonads of collected birds inactive in Jul, although locals report breeding at that time.


No information, but fluctuations in abundance would seem likely in response to phenology of... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Widespread and fairly common at least on Kolombangara,... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Duchess Lorikeet (Charmosyna margarethae). 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 13 December 2019).