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Eos bornea
Photo by Hans&Judy Beste


The head and body is a vivid red and the wings are red with blue and black streaks The primaries are black with blue coverts; blue coverts under the tail. Its beak is orange and its eyes are orange rimmed in red. Its legs are a dark grey. Its voice is a loud, piercing whistles and metallic pings to soft, high-pitched warbles and chattering.




Two subspecies are recognized:[1]

  • E. b. bornea - South Molucca and Kai Islands
  • E. b. cyanonotha - Buru (south Moluccas)


Coastal and mountain forests


Diet: Includes nectar, pollen, fruits, and the occasional insect. Their tongue is specially adapted with a tip made of elongated papillae which enables them to collect pollen from flowers. Nesting: In tree hollows, and the breeding season is November to February.


  1. Clements, J. F., T. S. Schulenberg, M. J. Iliff, D. Roberson, T. A. Fredericks, B. L. Sullivan, and C. L. Wood. 2014. The eBird/Clements checklist of birds of the world: Version 6.9., with updates to August 2014. Downloaded from http://www.birds.cornell.edu/clementschecklist/download/

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