Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Near Threatened

Meek's Lorikeet (Charmosyna meeki)


French: Lori de Meek German: Salomonenlori Spanish: Lori de Meek

Hypocharmosyna meeki

Rothschild and E. J. O. Hartert

, 1901,

Kolombangara, Solomon Islands


A member of the C. palmarum group (which see). Monotypic.


Elevated parts of Solomon Is S from Bougainville, including Kolombangara, Santa Isabel and Guadalcanal, and also New Georgia and Malaita (but no recent reports here); recorded once on Makira (San Cristobal)#R.

Descriptive notes

16 cm; 21–32 g. Green, bright below, duller olive on wings and tail; bill and legs orange; crown faintly tinged greyish; ear-coverts and sides of neck show light green... read more


Commonest call a thin high-pitched “tseek”, given singly or in loose series. When feeding a quieter... read more


Canopy of foothill and montane mist forest, 300–1500 m, even extending into stunted cloud... read more

Food and feeding

Blossoms of Syzygium, Metrosideros, Mearnsia and coconuts recorded; also soft fruit and berries.


Only nest known, containing small young, was in a large clump of moss on tree trunk 6 m above ground in stunted moss forest at 1550 m on... read more


Described as rather nomadic on Bougainville; possibly so at higher altitudes on all islands.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. On summit of Kolombangara, one of three most... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Meek's Lorikeet (Charmosyna meeki). 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).