Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Red-fronted Lorikeet (Charmosyna rubronotata)


French: Lori à front rouge German: Rotstirnlori Spanish: Lori frentirrojo

Coriphilus rubronotatus


, 1862,

Salawati and the north-western extremity of New Guinea


Two subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. r. rubronotata (Wallace, 1862) – W Papuan Is (Salawati I) and N New Guinea from Vogelkop to Adelbert Mts.
  • C. r. kordoana (A. B. Meyer, 1874) – Biak I, in Geelvink Bay (NW New Guinea).
  • Descriptive notes

    17 cm; 30–35 g. Green above, yellowish green below; forehead and sides of breast red, as are underwing-coverts, uppertail-coverts and base of underside of tail; ear-... read more


    Main calls are a sharp “kssit” and a harsh “queet”, which is also given in flight. Quite similar to... read more


    Canopy of secondary forest and coconut plantations along the coastline and inland hill forest up to... read more

    Food and feeding

    No certain information, but feeding in tall flowering trees observed and reportedly at coconut blossoms.


    No information.


    No information.

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common in places, but generally not as abundant as sympatric congeners.

    Recommended citation

    Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Red-fronted Lorikeet (Charmosyna rubronotata). 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).