Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Stella's Lorikeet (Charmosyna stellae)


French: Lori de Stella German: Stellalori Spanish: Lori de Stella

Charmosyna Stellae

A. B. Meyer

, 1886,

southern foothills of the Owen Stanley Range, 7000–8000 feet [c. 2135–2440 m]


Hitherto treated as conspecific with C. papou (which see). Three subspecies recognized.

Subspecies and Distribution
  • C. s. goliathina Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1911 – mountains of New Guinea from Weyland Mts E to Eastern Highlands.
  • C. s. wahnesi Rothschild, 1906 – NE New Guinea (mountains of Huon Peninsula).
  • C. s. stellae A. B. Meyer, 1886 – mountains of SE New Guinea (Herzog Mts to Owen Stanley Range).
  • Descriptive notes

    36–41 cm; 74–113 g. Upper body and underparts red with extensive black nape patch (meeting eye) and strong violet-blue anterior streaking, broad black band on belly, thighs... read more


    Flight call is a single, loud, upslurred, grating and downslurred “queeea”, which is more grating... read more


    Montane forest at altitudes of 1800–3500 m, occasionally down to 1400 m, including disturbed ... read more

    Food and feeding

    Recorded feeding on blossoms, flower buds, pollen, soft fruit of Schefflera and other trees, and also small seeds; has also been... read more


    Pair with enlarged gonads in Aug; young birds seen Oct–Nov. In captivity: two eggs; incubation lasting c. 3 weeks; nestling period... read more


    Numbers appear to build up and decline with local food supply, suggesting a degree of local... read more

    Status and conservation

    Not globally threatened. CITES II. Reported to be fairly common; skins greatly prized as head decorations by highland people and are much traded. Overall population of this... read more

    Recommended citation

    del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2019). Stella's Lorikeet (Charmosyna stellae). 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).