Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Papuan Lorikeet (Charmosyna papou)


French: Lori papou German: Papualori Spanish: Lori papú

Psittacus Papou


, 1786,

Arfak, New Guinea


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. stellae, but differs in its hindcrown pattern, involving narrow glossy grey-blue band backed by twice-as-wide black band, then red nuchal band (continuous with red of rest of head) backed by a second, narrower black band on lower nape (which, unlike equivalent area in the other taxa, does not connect to eye) vs broad bright glossy blue band backed by broad black nuchal band (3); yellow patches on breast sides and flanks (3); blue central line down rump vs blue patch on lower rump (ns[2]); no yellow rump in female (3). This split advocated in earlier study, similarly on basis of plumage characters#R. Monotypic.


NW New Guinea (mountains of Vogelkop Peninsula).

Descriptive notes

36–42 cm; 74–113 g. Upper body and underparts red with blue band across mid-crown bordered black on hindcrown, black line on hindneck, broad black band on belly... read more


Presumed to be similar to that of C. stellae.


Montane forest at altitudes of 1600–2900 m, including disturbed Nothofagus-Podocarpus... read more

Food and feeding

Presumably similar to C. papou.


Presumably similar to C. papou.


Numbers appear to build up and decline with local food supply, suggesting a degree of local... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Reported to be fairly common; skins greatly prized as head decorations by highland people and are much traded. Overall population of this... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Papuan Lorikeet (Charmosyna papou). 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 April 2020).