Charmosyna josefinea Finsch, 1873

Josephine's lorikeet             

Subspecies and Distribution:

Charmosyna josefinae josefinae (Finsch, 1873) – W New Guinea from Vogelkop Peninsula to Snow Mountains.

Charmosyna josefinae sepikiana (Neumann, 1922) – C New Guinea from Sepik R and Western Highlands E to Mountain Bosavi.

Charmosyna josefinae cyclopum (E. J. O. Hartert, 1930) – Cyclops Mountains, in NC New Guinea.


Not globally threatened. CITES II, Least Concern , stable.

Charmosyna josefinae josefinae

josephine lorikeet


  • Length: 24cm (9,5 inch)
  • weight:65-75gr.

As the Stella's lorikeet but without the long tail feathers, total length 24 cm, but compared with the stella 42cm, is the length of the tail the big difference, the body is only a little bit smaller.

And the tail is red (with yellow tip) not green as the Stella's.

The narrow elongated feathers of the rear part of the crown are blue-grey.

Female  green or greenish-yellow lower back.

However after examination by J. Hubers and G. van Dooren on skins in various museums, they say most females got a yellow patch or greenish-yellow. Not green. So there is very little difference between the josefinae and the sepikiana.

Sexual dimorphism:

Males have a red patch on the flanks and rump. Females a yellow patch. As we also see in the Stella's lorikeet.


The josefinae we got here in Europe got a yellow patch, so we probably have the sepikiana. However when I see an old photo from me, I saw the yellow in this bird isn't pure yellow, so probably they were here but now being outcrossed with the sepikiana. The pictures are also from bred birds, so no guaranty they are pure or not.

It would be great if I can manage to find some pictures from the wild.

Charmosyna josefinae sepikiana

sepik josephine lorikeet


Differs from the nominate because the narrow elongated feathers of the rear part of the crown is grey.

Female got a yellow lower back.


Rare, and numbers are getting lower, as many pairs don't breed, and the pairs who do, give much more males then females. But some breeders try to save it, so certainly not lost.

Charmosyna josefinae cyclopum

Cyclops josephine lorikeet


As nominate but without or almost nonexistent of the black on the belly and blue on the head.


none, the few who have being imported , are gone, or crossed with the sepikiana.


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