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Mindanao Lorikeet - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Apo Lorikeet; Mrs Johnstone's Lorikeet; Johnstone's Lorikeet

Saudareos johnstoniae

Trichoglossus johnstoniae


20 cm.

  • Reddish orange bill
  • Red front of head from forecrown to chin and anterior ear-coverts, scaled yellow
  • Red shading to green scalled yellow on rest of crown and face
  • Purplish black line from lores through eye and to nape
  • Yellow underparts broadly scaled green
  • Green upperparts
  • Tail dusky yellowish below, green above

Sexes similar. Immatures have less red on face, white orbital skin and a darker bill.


Endemic to central Mindano in the southeastern Philippines.
A restricted-range species, uncommon in its small range.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Found in montane forest and forest edge.
Occurs above 1000 m.



Recorded to take nectar from trees with scarlet blossoms. No other information.


Presumed breeding season from March to May. Lays 2 eggs in captivity. No other information from the wild.


Downslope flights in the evening to roosting areas with return each morning to higher elevation for foraging noted.


  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. Del Hoyo, J, A Elliot, and J Sargatal, eds. 1997. Handbook of the Birds of the World. Volume 4: Sandgrouse to Cuckoos. Barcelona: Lynx Edicions. ISBN 978-8487334221

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