Status in the Wild / Distribution
The Palm Lorikeets (Charmosyna palmarum) have a fluctuating range in the Santa Cruz islands of the Solomon Islands and in Vanuatu (an island nation located in the South Pacific Ocean). These lorikeets are often found in coconut trees or in flowering trees.
This species is rare in some locations and is classified as Vulnerable as its numbers are suspected to be declining due to loss of habitat. They are listed as an endangered species (Cites II)
Palm Lorikeets average 16 – 17 cm (~ 6.8 inches) in length – including the long tail. Most of their plumage is bright green. They have a variable small red patch on the chin and their long tail has yellow tips.
The Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus) is much larger and has dark head and red breast.
They emit very high-pitched screeching calls.
Palm Lorikeets as Pets or in Aviculture
Due to their endangered status, any suitable specimen that cannot be released back into their natural habitat (native range) should preferably be placed into a well-managed breeding program to ensure the continued survival of this species.
Genus: Scientific: Charmosyna … English: Honey Lorikeets … Dutch: Honingpapegaaien … German: Zierloris … French: Loriquet de miele
Species: Scientific: Charmosyna palmarum aka Hypocharmosyna palmarum … English: Palm Lorikeet … Dutch: Palmlori … German: Palmzierlori … French: Loriquet des Palmiers
Other Relevant Web Resources
- Photos of the Different Lory Species for Identification … Listing of Species
- Distribution Maps of Lories and Lorikeets
- Lories and Lorikeets in Aviculture
- Feeding and Housing Your Lories and Lorikeets
- Diseases of Lories / Lorikeets and Health Care Program
- Special Challenges of Lories and Lorikeets: Training and Behavioral Guidance