Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Critically Endangered

Red-throated Lorikeet (Charmosyna amabilis)


French: Lori à gorge rouge German: Rothöschen Spanish: Lori gorjirrojo

Trichoglossus (Glossopsitta) amabilis

E. P. Ramsay

, 1875,

Ovalau, Fiji Islands


Formerly listed as C. aureicincta, a name described in same year (1875) as present name, but latter appeared in print first#R. Monotypic.


Fiji: on Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Viti Levu and Ovalau. None of these islands known, with certainty, to possess extant populations.

Descriptive notes

18 cm. Bright green, with orange bill and red area from lores to upper breast, latter thinly bordered yellow; thighs red, legs orange; tail tipped yellow, and yellowish below... read more


Vocalizations similar to those of other members of the genus, i.e. short, high-pitched shrill notes... read more


In Habits upland rain forest at 120–1000 m, usually above 500 m, keeping to the canopy.

Food and feeding

Known to take nectar, pollen and fruit.


No information.


Presumably resident, but described as nomadic in search of flowering trees.

Status and conservation

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED. CITES II. Restricted-range species: present in Fiji EBA. Considered common when first collected on Ovalau in 1875, but otherwise appears to have always... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Sharpe, C.J. & Boesman, P. (2020). Red-throated Lorikeet (Charmosyna amabilis). 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 28 February 2020).