Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Vulnerable

Palm Lorikeet (Charmosyna palmarum)


Taxonomy

French: Lori des palmiers German: Palmenlori Spanish: Lori palmero
Taxonomy:

Psittacus palmarum

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,

Tanna Island, Vanuatu

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Forms a species-group with C. rubrigularis, C. meeki and C. toxopei. Monotypic.

Distribution:

Extreme E Solomon Is (Santa Cruz Is, Duff Is, Reef Is), Banks Is and Vanuatu; range seems to be somewhat irregular and fluctuate with cycles of extinctions and recolonizations over decades#R#R#R.

Descriptive notes

15–17 cm. Green, with rather small red patch around bill from lores to chin; mantle washed pale brown; underwing-coverts greyish green; tail tipped yellow; bill and... read more

Voice

Commonest vocalization a high-pitched short “tseet”. When perched, also utters a high-pitched... read more

Habitat

Montane and lowland forest, but seemingly intolerant of disturbed areas at lower levels.

Food and feeding

Nectar and pollen of various trees, palms, lianas and shrubs, notably from flowers of sago palms (Metroxylon rumphii) and ... read more

Breeding

One nest on Vanuatu in Dec, was in hollow limb of tree c. 6 m up, in cloud forest (at 1600 m), with two half-grown young.

Movements

Apparently nomadic, travelling widely between feeding areas and appearing unpredictably in coastal... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. Previously considered Near ­Threatened. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Commoner in hills above 1000 m than in lowlands.

Recommended citation

Collar, N., de Juana, E. & Boesman, P. (2018). Palm Lorikeet (Charmosyna palmarum). 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 https://www.hbw.com/node/54464 on 21 September 2018).