Josephine's Lorikeet
Charmosyna josefinae

Josephine's Lorikeet


24 cm.. length and an approximate weight of 68 g..
Lori-of-Josefina drawing

The head of the Josephine's Lorikeet (Charmosyna josefinae) is red with a visible black patch that extends from the back of the Crown to the nape and a transverse line into the eyes; back of the Crown is marked with purple stripes; large red necklace. Mantle and scapulars Green; bottom of the Red back: rump with a central patch of dark blue; views from the top, the coverts of the tail of blue to red. The wings, from above, green with vane internal greyish towards flight feathers; marginal coverts Green. View from below, the coverts of Red Wings. The Red underparts with a purple patch in the center of the belly, that extends to the flanks on the thighs; seen from below, tail-coats are red. From above, the tail shows red with yellow tip and green color side feathers; from below, the tail is yellow. The peak, orange red; iris yellow ; orange-yellow legs.

The female It shows the lower part of the back of yellow, tending to green on the rump.

The immature with impregnated in green belly patch, and bluish black thighs. The blue rump patch impregnated in green. Makes color lilac in the back of the Crown replaced by blue-green color marks.

Immature females It shows the low back of red with some yellow marks.

  • Sound of the Josephine's Lorikeet.
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Subspecies description

  • Charmosyna josefinae josefinae

    : The nominal.

  • Charmosyna josefinae sepikiana

    : It differs from the nominal value by having more extensive black belly patch and more grey marks on the back of the Crown. Females lack of greenish broadcasting on the flanks and in the low back.

  • Charmosyna josefinae cyclopum

    : Differs from the nominal value by the absence of black belly patch and the practical absence of grisaceo-azul in the back color of the Crown marks.


Possibly Nomad. Frequents montane forests, edges of forests and partially cleared areas, mainly between 760 and 2.200 meters and more common among 850 and 1.200 meters although there have been up to at sea level. Usually seen in pairs or small groups. Despite their striking coloration, is quite discreet. Feeds in the tops of trees in flower, flowering vines or plants epiphytes, often in the company of the Fairy Lorikeet.


Nesting and breeding by describing.


Diet includes pollen, nectar, flower buds and soft fruits.


New Guinea in Irian Java (Indonesia) and Papua New Guinea, mainly in the Western and central cordillera, Since the Mountains Parotia and Vogelkop, to the Bismarck range in the Northeast (Jimi and also Baiyer River). There has been since Jayapura, on the North coast of Irian Java, and come to the South of Mount Bosavi, Papua New Guinea.

Distribution of subspecies:

  • Charmosyna josefinae josefinae

    : The nominal.

  • Charmosyna josefinae sepikiana

    : Mountains of the region of Sepik, Papua New Guinea and in the Highlands of the West to the East until approximately the area of the Jimi River and to the South of Mount Bosavi

  • Charmosyna josefinae cyclopum

    : Cyclops ranges.


• Current IUCN Red list category: Least concern.

• Population trend: Stable.

The world's population has not been quantified, but it is thought that it may be above the 300.000 specimens.

A small number in captivity.

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

Lori de Josefina en cautividad:

Take it easy, but at the lively and active time. Some new birds may initially be nervous. Young birds, in particular, curious and playful. Aggressive toward other birds. Susceptible to stress and disease during the acclimatization. Required a strict hygiene due to a mostly liquid diet.

Alternative names:

Josephine’s Lorikeet, Josephine’s Lory (English).
Lori de Josephine, Lori de Joséphine (French).
Josefinenlori (German).
Lori de Josefina (Spanish).

Scientific classification:

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Scientific name: Charmosyna josefinae
Genus: Charmosyna
Citation: (Finsch, 1873)
Protonimo: Trichoglossus Josefinae

Josephine's Lorikeet images:


Josephine's Lorikeet (Charmosyna josefinae)


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


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2 – By Drägüs (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
3 – By Katerina Tvardikova – Photo of Charmosyna josefinae [By Drägüs (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons] – Charmosyna josefinae
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Sounds: BAS van Balen (Xeno-canto)

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