Charmosyna papou Scopoli, 1786

Papuan lorikeet                 




Subspecies: 


none, (recently split from the other stellae subspecies)

The reason why it is separated from the other 3 is because the difference.

Differs with the other stellae species in its hindcrown pattern, involving narrow glossy grey-blue band backed by twice-as-wide black band, then red nuchal band (continuous with red of rest of head) backed by a second, narrower black band on lower nape (which, unlike equivalent area in the other taxa, does not connect to eye) vs broad bright glossy blue band backed by broad black nuchal band

Yellow patches on breast sides and flanks.

Blue central line down rump vs blue patch on lower rump.

No yellow rump in females! But females got a yellow spot above the thighs.


Distribution:


NW New Guinea (mountains of Vogelkop Peninsula).



Status:


Not globally threatened. CITES II. Stable.


Description:


  • Length: 37-42 cm (14,5-16,5 inch)
  • Weight:75-115 gr.


Mainly red.

Wings are dark green. The tips of primaries are slightly elongated.

Black patch to back of head streaked with blue at front edge, narrow black band across back of neck (separated with red).

Lower back blue central line.

Abdomen and thighs blackish.

Small yellow patches to sides of breast.

Upperside of tail green, 2 middle tail-feathers very elongated and with yellow to orange tips; tail length 200 - 252 mm (8 - 10 inch).

Underside of the tail greenish-yellow;

The skin surrounding the eyes is pale grey.

feet orange-red colour.

iris is orange.

And the bill orange to orange-red.


Sexual dimorphism:


Females have a yellow spot above the thighs.


Aviculture:


None, never imported.


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