Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Red-chinned Lorikeet (Charmosyna rubrigularis)


French: Lori à menton rouge German: Rotkinnlori Spanish: Lori barbirrojo

Trichoglossus rubrigularis

P. L. Sclater

, 1881,

New Britain


A member of the C. palmarum group (which see). Karkar I birds sometimes separated as race krakari [sic]. Monotypic.


Bismarck Archipelago (New Britain, New Ireland, possibly New Hanover); also Karkar I, off NE coast of New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

17 cm; 31–40 g. Green, brighter below, with reddish orange bill and red chin, orange-red legs; ear-coverts slightly bluish with pale green streaks; underside of flight-... read more


Commonest vocalization a high-pitched steeply upslurred “pseet!”, given both in flight and perched... read more


Canopy of hill and montane forest above 500 m, although generally much commoner from 1000–... read more

Food and feeding

Noted feeding on inflorescences of a native palm; paste in stomachs apparently composed of nectar and macerated flowers.


No clear information; evidence from Karkar suggests no activity May–Jun.


Apparently sedentary.

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Common to abundant.

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Red-chinned Lorikeet (Charmosyna rubrigularis). 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 7 December 2019).