Pseudeos fuscata Blyth, 1858

dusky lory       




New Guinea throughout, except for highest areas; also islands of Yapen (in Geelvink Bay) and Salawati (in W Papuan Island).


Not globally threatened. CITES II. Least concern.

The population is suspected to be stable in the absence of evidence for any declines or substantial threats.


  • Length: 25 cm ( 9,8 inch)
  • Weight:  140-180 g.

Variable, with yellow,orange, red morphs and combinations of these colours.

There are 2 bands, 1 just below the throat and the other on the upper breast, in 1 of the colors I mention or sometimes is a intermediate possible, 1 band yellow and the other orange, or orange interspersed with yellow feathers.

Also the abdomen are in 1 of these colors, except the sides.

The forepart of the crown is golden-orange, (in the yellow phase it is also yellow).

The feathers from the nape till mantle and those between the 2 color bands are brown-black. 

The edges of these feathers in the chest and nape, are buff or silvery-buff.

The upperparts are very dark brown, browner on the wing coverts. The brown in the orange phase got a orange shine in the brown, and the yellow a yellow shine in the brown.

Underwing coverts are orange or yellow depending which color phase.

The flight feathers are broadly marked with orange or yellow.

The rump is greyish- white or yellowish-white.

The tail is blue-bronze and orange or yellow above and the underside is pale bronze and orange.

The beak and skin around the lower mandible is orange.

The cere and feet are darkgrey -black.

The skin around the eye is black, but can also have some orange in it.


common, the orange phase is more common then the yellow phase.


6,5 - 7 mm


I have seen a dilute mutation, which was more orange all over the bird. Unfortunally I can remember where I have seen it.

Also In Australia they have bred the lutino in it , with the lutino Trichoglossus moluccanus. This is not the way, keep them pure!


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