Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Josephine's Lorikeet (Charmosyna josefinae)


French: Lori de Josephine German: Josefinenlori Spanish: Lori de Josefina

Trichoglossus Josefinae


, 1873,

Arfak Mountains, New Guinea


Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. j. josefinae (Finsch, 1873) – W New Guinea from Vogelkop Peninsula to Snow Mts.
  • C. j. cyclopum E. J. O. Hartert, 1930 – Cyclops Mts, in NC New Guinea.
  • C. j. sepikiana Neumann, 1922 – C New Guinea from Sepik R and Western Highlands E to Mt Bosavi.
  • Descriptive notes

    23–25 cm. Plumage extensively red, with orange bill and legs, blue-streaked black patch from behind eye over rear crown and nape; black lower belly, flanks and thighs;... read more


    Calls include high-pitched screeches such as a shrill “skreet” and a quieter “tsit”, quite similar... read more


    In habits forest, forest edge and partly cultivated land, generally at middle elevations, 760... read more

    Food and feeding

    Nectar, pollen and flower buds, taken in canopy trees and mid-storey epiphytes; a climbing vine with large white flowers noted to be... read more


    Bird in breeding condition taken in Feb; no other information.


    No information, but possibly nomadic.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Considered to be generally sparse and local throughout most parts of range, although assessments may be biased by unobtrusive behaviour.... read more

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Josephine's Lorikeet (Charmosyna josefinae). 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 9 December 2019).