Charmosyna diadema (Verreaux & Des Murs)

New Caledonian Lorikeet (Charmosyna diadema)

The New Caledonian Lorikeet, as its name implies, was endemic to the island of Grande Terre, the main island of New Caledonia, the species is known from only two specimens, both female, both collected sometimed prior 1860, one of which is now lost.

The species reached a size of about 18 to 19 cm.

The New Caledonian Lorikeet appears to be extremely rare and confined, but may in fact already be extinct since the time of its discovery.


Depiction from: St. George Jackson Mivart: A monograph of the lories, or brush-tongued parrots, composing the family Loriidae. London: R. H. Porter 1896

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edited: 12.02.2020