IUCN threat status:

Critically Endangered (CR)


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Range Description

Charmosyna toxopei is endemic to the island of Buru, South Maluku, Indonesia, where it was known from seven specimens collected in the 1920s, on the west side of Lake Rana. It was recorded by only one of the 24 collectors active on Buru, implying that it is either very rare, localised, nomadic or has specific habitat preferences. In November 2014 at least two Blue-fronted Lorikeets were observed and photographed on Buru (Robson 2014). Prior to 2014, recent targeted searches yielded no confirmed records of the species (M. Poulsen in litt. 2012). Observations of an apparent Charmosyna lorikeet on the island, possibly this species, suggest it may be quite common around Teluk Bara. It was recorded between 1979 and 1981, with an unconfirmed report in 1989. Further reports by local villagers during the 1990s, a record of birds being trapped in 1998 and three Charmosyna spp. seen in 2006 (M. Halaouate in litt. 2007) probably all refer to this species. Interviews conducted in the 1990s revealed that only local people living west of the Rana River knew it. A three-week visit to Buru in May and June 2010 did not produce any sightings of the species, although interviews with local people uncovered recent records. However, it should be noted that local people frequently refer to all green parrots as "karenga" and make no differentiation between species (A. Gray in litt. 2010). The lack of confirmed records makes it problematic to assess this species's population size, but unconfirmed reports have described it as "quite common", although only from one part of a very small range.


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