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Charminetta wilhelminae

Charmosyna wilhelminae


13 cm.

  • Green upperparts, yellowish green underparts
  • Purple mid- to hindcrown with blue streaks
  • Brownish stained on hindneck
  • Thin yellow streaks on breast
  • Red underwing-coverts and broad band on underside of flight-feathers
  • Red lower back
  • Cobalt rump

Female without red on rump, immatures without crown and breast streaks.


Mountains of New Guinea (Vogelkop to Owen Stanley Range)
Uncommon and easily overlooked


This is a monotypic species.[1]


Mountain forest, moss forest and adjacent savanna woodlands.
Occurs at 1000 to 2200 m, often lower.



Feeds on pollen and nectar. Usually singly or in pairs.


No information available.


Shows some nomadic movements related to peak flowering times.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, S. M. Billerman, T. A. Fredericks, J. A. Gerbracht, D. Lepage, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2021. The eBird/Clements checklist of Birds of the World: v2021. Downloaded from https://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/
  2. Gill, F and D Donsker (Eds). 2015. IOC World Bird Names (version 5.2). Available at http://www.worldbirdnames.org/.
  3. Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive (retrieved June 2015)

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