Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Pygmy Lorikeet (Charmosyna wilhelminae)


French: Lori de Wilhelmina German: Elfenlori Spanish: Lori pigmeo

Trichoglossus Wilhelminae

A. B. Meyer

, 1874,

west coast of Geelvink Bay, New Guinea




Highlands of W, C & E New Guinea from Arfak Mts (in Vogelkop Peninsula) E to Huon Peninsula and Owen Stanley Range.

Descriptive notes

13 cm. Green above, yellowish green below; mid- to hindcrown purple with blue streaks; hindneck stained brownish; thin yellow streaks on breast; underwing-coverts and broad... read more


Not very vocal. Mainly utters faint high-pitched calls such as “tss tss tsee”. Flight call high-... read more


Canopy of mountain forest and edges, moss forest, adjacent savanna woodlands, generally 1000–... read more

Food and feeding

Pollen and nectar; recorded trees include eucalypts and Castanopsis oaks, and inflorescences of Elaeocarpus.


No information.


Appears to show some nomadism in response to flowering of certain trees, and regular appearance in... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally uncommon but easily overlooked; usually singly or in pairs.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Pygmy Lorikeet (Charmosyna wilhelminae). 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 11 December 2019).