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Lories and Lorikeets: Overview (Naming, Range and Description)


Status in the Wild / Distribution:

The Red-throated Lorikeet (Charmosyna amabilis) is a critically endangered lorikeet endemic to Fiji. It occurs on the islands of Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Ovalau. Ten specimens were collected in 1923, but it was last recorded in 1993, although it may also have been seen on Mt. Tomaniivi on Viti Levu in 2001. A search of Viti Levu in 2001-2 failed to find any birds, as did a second series of surveys in 2003.



It is 18cm long and is bright green overall, with red cheeks, throat and thighs.


Red-throated 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.



Family: Loriidae

Genus: Scientific: Charmosyna … English: Honey Lorikeets … Dutch: Honingpapegaaien … German: Zierloris … French: Loriquet de miele

Species: Scientific: Charmosyna amabilis aka Hypocharmosyna amabilis … English: Red-throated Lorikeet, Golden-banded Lorikeet … Dutch: Roodkeellori, Goudbandlori … German: Rothöschen, Rotkehl Zierlori … French: Loriquet à gorge rouge

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Species Research by Sibylle Johnson


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