Red-flanked Lorikeet
Charmosyna placentis

Red-flanked Lorikeet



15 - 18 cms. length and 38 - 48 g. of weight.

The Red-flanked Lorikeet (Charmosyna placentis) has the forecrown and yellowish-green crown; nape green; chin, throat and lores red; ear-coverts dark blue striped strongly light blue. Top green with rump matte blue: uppertail-coverts green. The part superior of the wings It is green with innerwebs and ends the blackish flight feather. Underwing-coverts red; intense yellow band across the innerwebs of the flight feather blackish. Underparts lighter green than yellow upperparts; Strong red marks on the sides of chest and in the flanks below the sides of belly.

The upper part of the tail It is duller green than upperparts, tipped bright yellow, with lateral feathers red in the center of the innerwebs and slightly in outerweb, with a subterminal black mark; lower tail is basal yellow, with black and red marks.

Bill red; irises yellow to orange; legs opaque red.

The female no yellow-green spots on the top of the forecrown, Red in the face, in the chest, in the flanks and at the bottom of the wings (the underwing-coverts are green-yellow). Blue of the ear-coverts It is replaced by a dark patch badly scratched yellow.

Immature as the female, but duller green, and less extensive yellow streaks in ear-coverts (the young male can present a red stain on the face and greenish yellow in forecrown). Iris pale yellow, legs orange-brown.

  • Sound of the Red-flanked Lorikeet.

Subspecies description
  • Charmosyna placentis intensior

    (Kinnear, 1928) – Greener than the species nominal, including the forecrown. Headphones coverts and patch on the rump duller blue-violet.

  • Charmosyna placentis ornata

    (Mayr, 1940) – Mantle green slightly darker than the species nominal, a patch on rump largest darker blue and crown yellower. The Red throat larger in males.

  • Charmosyna placentis pallidior

    (Rothschild & Hartert, 1905) – As the subspecies subplacens, but with upperparts pale green. Headphones coverts light blue in the male.

  • Charmosyna placentis placentis

    (Temminck, 1835) – Nominal.

  • Charmosyna placentis subplacens

    (Sclater,PL, 1876) – It differs from the species nominal by having green, nonblue the rump.


The Red-flanked Lorikeet It, mainly, a kind of lowlands It found in the humid primary forest, in the forest edge, in Savannah, the secondary high growth, in the monsoon forest, in the swamps of Sagun (when they are in bloom), in the gallery forest, in eucalypts, in the coastal forest and, occasionally, in the mangroves and coconut palms. It is also found in flowering trees in cultivated areas.

Can be Quiet and discreet and, even when feeding active and noisy, It can be difficult to see through thick foliage. They are mostly in pairs, but occasionally in groups 25 or more, looking for food with others Loris with flowers and trees epiphytes or flying through or above the tree tops in small compact and noisy flocks.


In New Guinea, Several observations of couples investigating arboreal termite mounds They indicate that it is likely that they are preferred for nest. The bases of ferns and moss cultures have also been identified as potential sites nesting. Activity on these sites has been observed between February and October, and found that the specimens found in eastern Papua New Guinea by Diamond in July and August 1965 They were able to play. In the Vit Islandu, Coates He watched a couple with chicks in mid-August and is likely to play occurring during much of the year.


Feeds of pollen, nectar, flowers and seeds, mainly in the upper canopy.

Distribution and status:

Extension of the distribution (breeding / resident): 2.800.000 km2

originating Indonesia Oriental, New Guinea and the northern Solomon Islands.

They can be observed from the Moluccan Islands and West Papua New, through lowland West Papua New and Papua New Guinea to Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville.

Although mostly they found in lowlands, there have been up to 1.600 metres above sea level in Komo, in the highlands of southern Papua New Guinea; They are also common in high altitudes (about 1.150 meters to 1.450 m) in the zone of Karimui, East, and they do not seem to be anywhere else in the region. reaches 300 metres in New Britain, above which is replaced by the Red-chinned Lory (Charmosyna rubrigularis). In the North of New Guinea It is replaced by the higher altitude Red-fronted Lorikeet (Charmosyna rubronotata).

Widespread and common to locally abundant. It is believed that the world population is at a level of caresses 500.000 individuals and it is stable. Small numbers in captivity.

Translation made with the translator

Distribution of subspecies



• Current red list category of the UICN: Least concern

• Population trend: Stable.

• Population size : Unknown

Justification of the red list category

This species has a very extens distribution area-, and therefore does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the criteria of size range (Scope of the presence <20.000 km2 combined with a decreasing area size or fluctuating distribution, extension / habitat quality, or size of the population and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation).

The population trend appears to be stable, and therefore the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the criteria of population trend (decrease> 30% in ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the criterion of population size (<10.000 mature individuals with an estimated> 10% continuous decline in ten years or three generations, or a specific population structure). For these reasons, the species is evaluated as Least concern.

Justification of the population

Global population size has not been quantified, but it has been reported that the species is usually common and sometimes abundant (pit et to the. 1997). Some sources estimate the current population of this Lori in about half a million individuals.

Justification trend

They suspected that the population is stable the absence of evidence of decline or substantial threats.

"Red-flanked Lorikeet" in captivity:

Rare in captivity.

Alternative names:

Blue-eared Lorikeet, Lowland Lorikeet, Red flanked Lorikeet, Red-flanked Lorikeet, Yellow-fronted Blue-eared Lorikeet, Yellow-fronted Blue-eared Lory (English).
Lori coquet, Loriquet à croupion bleu, Loriquet joli (French).
Schönlori (German).
Loris Charmosyna Placentis (Portuguese).
Lori de Dorso Rojo, Lori Flanquirrojo (Spanish).

Temminck Coenraad Jacob
Temminck Coenraad Jacob

Order: Psittaciformes
Family: Psittaculidae
Genus: Charmosyna
Scientific name: Charmosyna placentis
Citation: (Temminck, 1835)
Protonimo: Psittacus placentis

Red-flanked Lorikeet images:

Videos “Red-flanked Lorikeet”


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


(1) – A male Red-flanked Lorikeet at Cincinnati Zoo, USA by Ltshears [CC BY 3.0]

(2) – Female Red-flanked Lorikeet at the Louisville Zoo, USA by Ltshears [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], from Wikimedia Commons
(3) – A pair of Red-flanked Lorikeets at Jurong Bird Park, Singapore by Peter Tan [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
(4) – The image is free from copyright under Creative Commons CC0
(5) – Red-flanked Lorikeet, Male (Charmosyna placentis) at the Louisville Zoo by Ltshears [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], from Wikimedia Commons

Sounds: Ross Gallardy, XC410521. accessible

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