Pygmy Lorikeet (Charmosyna wilhelminae) - Exotic birds | Pets

Posted by pets | 27 December 2014

- Charmosyna wilhelminae

Pygmy Lorikeet


The Pygmy Lorikeet (Charmosyna wilhelminae) has an approximate length of 13 cm.. and a weight of 20 g..

The green head; the front of yellowish-green; dark purple Crown, with blue broadcasting tips and bright turquoise in the feathers of the neck; back of the neck with olive wash. Mantle of green color; low back and reddish tail; Upper, blue purple tail. The wings, by above the primary coverts green with blackish and blackish flight feathers internals. The salmon-pink wings below; Tips of blackish flight feathers. Yellowish green underparts with prominent veins on the chest. Upper, the Green tail, Red at the base (normally hidden in the field); olive brown below with red and yellow tips on the base. Yellow reddish orange beak with the tip; pink red Cere; grey ring perioftalmico; IRIS yellow to orange-red; light grey legs.

Female lacks red rump and wings in flight. Generally more muted immature and slightly more Brown upper parts. There is no blue at the tips of the feathers of the neck. Yellow stripes on top of the chest less distinct or absent. The peak and Brown irises.


Mainly inhabits humid forests and at the edge of forests, but also by forest savanna and established secondary vegetation. Usually found between the 1.000 meters of altitude and the 2.200 m, but in the South and around Port Moresby It is occasionally much closer to sea level, in the forests of lowlands. Forages in pairs and small flocks of up to 20 birds in the trees in flower, often in the company of Goldie's Lorikeet and Fairy Lorikeet. Very active when it feeds and, often difficult to identify due to its size and predominantly green plumage. It is not uncommon, but easily overlooked. and has been found in groups of up to 200 individuals. It has often been seen flying in mixed flocks above the canopy, where can be hardly identified due to its small size.


Unknown nesting habits and breeding.


It feeds on nectar and pollen.


North of New Guinea and Irian Java (Indonesia) and Papua New Guinea. The range of the Mountains Parotia in the Doberai peninsula, in the West of the island of New Guinea, through the cordillera central, the Huon peninsula, and South-East of the mountain range of Owen Stanley. In the immediate vicinity of Port Moresby (for example, area Sogeri) There is little (but possibly regular between May and November).

The world's population is thought to be less of 50.000 copies and is considered to be stable. There are few in captivity.


• Current IUCN Red list category: Least concern.

• Population trend: Stable.

The size of the world's population has not been quantified, but the species according to sources is usually very rare.

The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence of any reduction or substantial threats.

In captivity:


Alternative names:

- Pygmy Lorikeet, Pygmy Streaked Lorikeet, Pygmy Streaked Lory, Wilhelmina's Lorikeet, Wilhemina's Lorikeet (ingles).
- Lori de Wilhelmina (francés).
- Elfenlori (alemán).
- Lori Pigmeo (español).

Scientific classification:

- Orden: Psittaciformes
- Familia: Psittaculidae
- Nombre científico: Charmosyna wilhelminae
- Citation: (Meyer,AB, 1874)
- Protónimo: Trichoglossus Wilhelminae

Pygmy Lori images:


Pygmy Lorikeet (Charmosyna wilhelminae)


– Parrots of the World – Forshaw Joseph M
– Parrots A Guide to the Parrots of the World – Tony Juniper & Mike Parr


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