Eos bornea Linnaeus, 1758

red lory                 

Subspecies and Distribution:

Two subspecies recognized.

Eos bornea bornea (Linnaeus, 1758) – S Moluccas (Boano, Seram, Ambon, Haruku, Saparua, Banda Island, Seram Laut Island, Watubela Island, Tayandu Island, Kai Island).

Eos bornea cyanonotha (Vieillot, 1818) – S Moluccas (Buru).

Small introduced population (unknown subspecies) in Taiwan.

Various populations have been awarded separate races on basis of purported size differences, but variability within these populations, or evidence of clines, suggests that size cannot be used as a subspecific character. Proposed races bernsteini (Kai Island) and rothschildi (Seram) invalid, as differences due to clinal variation.


Not globally threatened. CITES II, Least concern.

The population is suspected to be in decline owing to unsustainable levels of exploitation. Decreasing.

Eos bornea bornea

red lory


  • Length: 26-30 cm (10,2-11,8 inch) depending from which island.
  • Weight: 150-220 g.

Almost entirely red.

The area surrounding the vent and undertail coverts are cobalt-blue.

The upperside of the tail brownish-red. the underside is brown-red.

The wings are variable with blue and black.

Primaries are black with the speculum red.

Secondaries are red, broadly tipped with black.

And the greater wing coverts are blue , also the scapulars in some specimens.

Beak is orange.

The cere , skin around the eye and feet are grey.

The iris is orange-red.


The most common of the Eos species, and breed also better then the other Eos species.


No natural mutation, but in Australia they are trying to breed the lutino in it, from the Trichoglossus moluccanus. I personally don't like this kind of mutations crossing-over, and don't think it would be a great mutation in the red lory, as the red stay the same, only the blue and black will be white, however the only picture I have seen of a young chick he got yellow instead of white, but maybe this is still from the moluccanus, and will turn white in the next generations.

Eos bornea cyanonotha

Buru red lory


A bit smaller then the nominate 25-26 cm ( 9,8-10,2 inch).

And the red is a darker shade then the nominate.

Also the blue is more cobalt.


Very rare, and many have being crossed with the nominate.


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