Charmosyna placentis Temminck, 1835

red-flanked lorikeet                     

Subspecies and Distribution:

Charmosyna placentis placentis (Temminck, 1835) – S Moluccas (from Ambelau and Seram to Kai Islands), Aru Islands, and through S New Guinea to W Gulf of Papua.

Charmosyna placentis intensior (Kinnear, 1928) – N Moluccas (from Morotai S to Obi), and Gebe (in W Papuan Island).

Charmosyna placentis ornata (Mayr, 1940) – W Papuan Islands (except Gebe) and NW New Guinea.

Charmosyna placentis subplacens (P. L. Sclater, 1876) – E & SE New Guinea in lowlands E from Sepik R and, in S, from E Gulf of Papua.

Charmosyna placentis pallidior (Rothschild & E. J. O. Hartert, 1905) – Bismarck Archipelago and islands of Nuguria and Nissan to Bougainville; also Woodlark Island, off SE New Guinea.


Not globally threatened. CITES II.  Least Concern.

Charmosyna placentis placentis

red-flanked lorikeet


Length: 17cm (6,7 inch.)

Weight: 35-38 gr.


Blue ear coverts.

Red on the sides of the breast which extends to the underwing coverts.

Also a red cheeks and chin, connect to the blue ear patch.

Darkgreen above (wings, tail,ect) and lighter green below (belly ect), except the forehead and forecrown which is bright green.

The rump is darkblue.

Tip of the tail is red, the underside of the tail is yellow.


Don't have the red on the sides and cheeks, and also don't have the blue ear patch.

She is on the ear coverts broadly streaked with bright yellow.

The forehead is the same shade of darkgreen as the upper parts.

The underparts are lighter green including the underwing coverts.


Can have the colour of both sexes in the head, but only the males have red under the wings.


Yvan Vaes from Belgium bred a dilute female in the early '90's. But could not establish this mutation and is gone now.

Also a pied mutation exist in the subspecies ornata, bred probably the first in Germany, I have seen some so this mutation will be established in the future.



Charmosyna placentis intensior


Differs from the nominate by a smaller blue patch on the rump and is blue-violet.

The forehead of the male is slightly greener (less yellowish).

And are a little bigger.

Here some beautiful photos from Sheau Torng Lim, all taken in N. Molucca.

Not all are taken in the same area, But I find there is much variation in them certainly the 2 last pictures of the male, are much darker which is photographed in Gumi , North Maluku, the other photos of the pair are taken in Robodofo North Maluku.


none, or mixed out with the nominate.

Charmosyna placentis ornata


Differs from the nominate by the mantle who is slightly darker green.

Larger blue patch on the rump and slightly more extensive red on the throat.

The belly is a bit darker green then the nominate.


a little less common then the nominate. Also some have being mixed with the nominate.



Charmosyna placentis subplacens


Differs only from the nominate by the green rump, no blue in the rump.


Almost gone, only a few single birds left.

Charmosyna placentis pallidior


Also with a green rump.

Differs from the subplacens by being paler especially on the blue ear coverts of the males.




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