Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Fairy Lorikeet (Charmosyna pulchella)


French: Lori féérique German: Goldstrichellori Spanish: Lori lindo

Charmosyna pulchella

G. R. Gray

, 1859,

Manokwari, New Guinea


Populations of C & E New Guinea formerly considered a separate race, bella. Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. p. rothschildi (E. J. O. Hartert, 1930) – NC New Guinea in Cyclops Mts and adjacent ranges.
  • C. p. pulchella G. R. Gray, 1859 – mountains from Vogelkop Peninsula E to Huon Peninsula and SE New Guinea; recorded also in Fakfak Mts (Bomberai Peninsula, W New Guinea)#R.
  • Descriptive notes

    18–19 cm; 24–35 g. Red on head, nape and underparts except for purplish-black patch on mid- to hindcrown, thin yellow streaks on breast, dusky thighs; wings green... read more


    Calls include a high-pitched “tsit” and a shriller “skreet”. During feeding and in flight, groups... read more


    Forest, forest edge and secondary areas in lower hills and mid-montane areas, variably occurring at... read more

    Food and feeding

    Feeds at canopy flowers presumably on pollen and nectar; large Melicope trees appear important, and inflorescences of ... read more


    Dec–Jan, Apr. Nest a hole excavated in the base of an epiphyte. In captivity: 1–2 eggs, size 18·9 mm × 16·2... read more


    Birds wander nomadically into lowlands at times, and presence in one area of uplands directly... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Scarce in some areas, common in others, and locally abundant. Levels of trade, almost all out of Indonesia, generally low.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2020). Fairy Lorikeet (Charmosyna pulchella). 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 28 February 2020).