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.
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
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
Species Research by Sibylle Johnson
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