Charmosyna margarethae Tristram, 1879

Duchess lorikeet         




subspecies:


none


distribution:


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


status:


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.



Description:


  • 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.



Aviculture:


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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