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Charmosyna meeki

Common Name: Meek's Lorikeet

Range: on all mountainous islands of the Solomon group as well as Bougainville, Papua New Guinea

Charmosyna meeki
Location
  • general plumage green; breast, abdomen, under tail-coverts as well as under wing-coverts yellowish-green; crown dull greyish-blue; lower back strongly tinged olive-brown; lower ear-coverts and sides to nape pale green streaked with green; underside of secondaries variably marked with whitish-yellow stripe; tail upperside dark green with broad yellow tips, underside bright yellow; narrow periophthalmic ring dark grey; iris yellow to orange; feet orange.
  • Female as male. 
  • Immatures with brownish base to bill and shorter tail.
  • Length: 6.25 ins





Description
  • general plumage green; breast, abdomen, under tail-coverts as well as under wing-coverts yellowish-green; crown dull greyish-blue; lower back strongly tinged olive-brown; lower ear-coverts and sides to nape pale green streaked with green; underside of secondaries variably marked with whitish-yellow stripe; tail upperside dark green with broad yellow tips, underside bright yellow; narrow periophthalmic ring dark grey; iris yellow to orange; feet orange.
  • Female as male. 
  • Immatures with brownish base to bill and shorter tail.
  • Length: 6.25 ins





Location
  • Distribution: on all mountainous islands of the Solomon group as well as Bougainville, Papua New Guinea.
    Habitat: rain and cloud forest of more mountainous interior of islands from 1,000 ft; seldom above 4,000 ft on Bougainville, but can occur up to 5,700 ft.
Aviculture
  • Aviculture: unknown; keeping and diet probably similar to Palm Lorikeet (Charmosyna palmarum).
  • Breeding behavior: unknown; egg dimensions unknown.
Social Behavior
  • Social Behavior: usually seen in flocks of 10 to 15 birds; prefers tops of tall trees; mostly flies immediately above canopy or between branches in upper storey; often associates with Duchess Lory (Charmosyna margarethae) when foraging in flowering trees; then large gatherings possible; otherwise shy and inconspicuous; flight swift and direct; call high-pitched screech similar to Red-flanked Lory (Charmosyna placentis) but slightly softer and shorter.
Diet
  • Natural diet: nectar, flowers, pollen and probably also juicy fruits; vegetable matter; observed feeding on flowers of Syzygium, Metrosideros and Mearnsia.