Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Near Threatened

Pohnpei Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubiginosus)


French: Loriquet de Ponapé German: Kirschlori Spanish: Lori de Ponapé

Chalcopsitta rubiginosa


, 1850,

islands of Barabay and Gebe; error = Pohnpei, Caroline Islands


Member of the putative T. chlorolepidotus species-group (see below). Monotypic.


Pohnpei, in E Caroline Is.

Descriptive notes

24 cm; 70–85 g. Dark reddish maroon throughout, darkest on head but with vague greyish scaling on rest of body; orange bill, grey legs, wing feathers dark yellowish... read more


Has quite a large repertoire of harsh notes, chatters and more whistled notes, including a... read more


Forest and plantations.

Food and feeding

Nectar and pollen of coconut palms; also fruit and fly larvae.


Breeding condition birds in Nov. Nest in hole in coconut palm or other large tree. 1 egg. No further information.


No information available.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Common, especially in lowland plantations.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2018). Pohnpei Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubiginosus). 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 19 March 2018).