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Pohnpei Lorikeet - BirdForum Opus

Alternative names: Pohnpei Lory; Ponape Lory

Trichoglossus rubiginosus


24 cm. An unmistakable parrot.

  • Rich maroon plumage with an olive wash to remiges and yellow outer webs of primaries
  • Olive tail with yellow tip
  • Some birds with very thin pale blue line around base of bill (although this could be the skin showing through worn feathers)
  • Orange bill
  • Deep golden eye

Sexes similar but females with yellowish bill and greyish white eyes. Immatures like adults.


Endemic to Pohnpei , Federated States of Micronesia.
Common in its small range. State Bird of Pohnpei, so fully protected.


This is a monotypic species[1].


Found from dense primary forest to plantations.


A rather tame species.


Feeds on nectar and pollen of coconut palms. Takes also fruit and fly larvae.


Birds in breeding condition recorded in November. The nest is placed in a hole in a coconut palm or another large tree. Lays 1 egg.


Rather more musical than other small parrots, fewer harsh, screeching notes.


  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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