Charmosyna margarethae Tristram, 1879

Duchess lorikeet         




Solomon Islands, including Bougainville, Gizo, Kolombangara, Nggatokae, Santa Isabel, Guadalcanal, Malaita, Makira (San Cristobal), Santa Ana and Santa Catalina.


Not globally threatened. CITES II. Currently considered Near Threatened.

There are no data on population trends; however, the cage-bird trade could threaten populations, thus a slow decline is suspected.


  • Length:20 cm (7,87 inch)
  • Weight: 40-60 gr.

Yellow-band, broad on breast and narrow on the mantle.  Bordered on both sides with a narrow dull black line.

Mid- to hindcrown purple-blackish.

The rest is red except the green wings.

Tail is red tipped with yellow.

iris is yellow.

The bill and feet are orange.

Skin surrounding the eyes darkgrey.

Sexual dimorphism:

The male got his rump and uppertail coverts green washed with gold. Red lower back.

The female  her rump and tail coverts are olive, and her lower back yellow.


None, however I heard some have being imported a few years ago, but I haven't seen or heard someone who have them.

A few more pictures you can find here.


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