Dusky Lory (Pseudeos fuscata)

Dusky Lory

[order] PSITTACIFORMES | [family] Psittacidae | [latin] Pseudeos fuscata | [authority] Blyth, 1858 | [UK] Dusky Lory | [FR] Lori sombre | [DE] Weissburzel-Lori | [ES] Lori Sombrio | [NL] Witruglori | [copyright picture] Douglas Janson


Monotypic species


The Dusky Lory (Pseudeos fuscata) is a monotypic species of parrot in the Psittacidae family, and the only species of the genus Pseudeos. Alternative common names are the White-rumped Lory or the Dusky-orange Lory. It is found in Indonesia and Papua New Guinea.

Physical charateristics

The only species in the genus Pseudeos. Has quite a variation in plumage. The most common form is the orange phase ,?the Halloween bird.? The other being the yellow phase, where the orange is replaced by yellow. The body is black/brown with two bands of color, orange or yellow, at the throat and across the breast. The abdomen is also infused with this color as is the nape and the crown of the head. Bills are orange in both phases, and feet and legs are black. There is a prominent area of bare skin around the beak, and it is orange as well.

Listen to the sound of Dusky Lory

[audio:http://www.planetofbirds.com/MASTER/PSITTACIFORMES/Psittacidae/sounds/Dusky Lory.mp3]

Copyright remark: Most sounds derived from xeno-canto

wingspan min.: 0 cm wingspan max.: 0 cm
size min.: 25 cm size max.: 27 cm
incubation min.: 24 days incubation max.: 25 days
fledging min.: 65 days fledging max.: 75 days
broods: 1   eggs min.: 2  
      eggs max.: 3  


Australasia : New Guinea


Found in rain forests, deforested areas, blossoming trees; occasionally savannas and coconut plantations


Nests in a tree cavity usually at higher elevation. Clutch size is 2-3 eggs which are incubated for about 24 days; young fledge after another 10 weeks.

Feeding habits

Diet includes includes fruit, seeds, buds, nectar, unripe grain, and pollen

Video Dusky Lory


copyright: Josep del Hoyo


This species has a very large range, and hence does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the range size criterion (Extent of Occurrence <20,000 km2 combined with a declining or fluctuating range size, habitat extent/quality, or population size and a small number of locations or severe fragmentation). The population trend appears to be stable, and hence the species does not approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population trend criterion (>30% decline over ten years or three generations). The population size has not been quantified, but it is not believed to approach the thresholds for Vulnerable under the population size criterion (<10,000 mature individuals with a continuing decline estimated to be >10% in ten years or three generations, or with a specified population structure). For these reasons the species is evaluated as Least Concern.
Dusky Lory status Least Concern


Nomadic dependant on flowering periods. Might be a regluar migrant with birds moving to the central mountains. Some altitudinal movements recorded

Distribution map

Dusky Lory distribution range map

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