Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Palm Lorikeet (Charmosyna palmarum)


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

Psittacus palmarum

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,

Tanna Island, Vanuatu


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


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


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


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


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.


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 on 22 March 2018).