Dusky lory

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Dusky lory
Dusky lory (Pseudeos fuscata), Gembira Loka Zoo, Yogyakarta, 2015-03-15 03.jpg
A dusky lory at Gembira Loka Zoo
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Aves
Order: Psittaciformes
Superfamily: Psittacoidea
Family: Psittaculidae
Subfamily: Loriinae
Tribe: Loriini
Genus: Pseudeos
J.L. Peters, 1935
Species: P. fuscata
Binomial name
Pseudeos fuscata
(Blyth, 1858)

The dusky lory (Pseudeos fuscata) is a monotypic species of parrot in the family Psittaculidae, and the only species of the genus Pseudeos.[2] Alternative common names are the white-rumped lory or the dusky-orange lory.[3] It is found in New Guinea and the offshore islands of Batanta, Salawati and Yapen.


The dusky lory is short-tailed parrot about 25 cm (10 in) long. It is mainly brown and has a whitish back and rump. It has two colour phases; the band across the upper chest together with its abdomen are either yellow or orange. The beak is dark orange and there is an area of bare orange skin at the base of its lower mandible. The irises are red and the legs are grey. The male and females are identical in external appearance. Juveniles are duller with a yellowish back and rump, yellowish-grey irises, and a beak that is yellow at the base and brown/black towards the tip.[4]

Range and habitat[edit]

The dusky lory's native range includes New Guinea below about 2500m in both the Indonesian (West Papua), and Papua New Guinean zones of the island. It is also native to the nearby Indonesian islands of Salawati and Yapen.[3]

Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical mangrove forests, and subtropical or tropical moist montane forests.

Photographs showing plumage colours[edit]


  1. ^ BirdLife International (2012). "Pseudeos fuscata". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2013.2. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Zoological Nomenclature Resource: Psittaciformes (Version 9.022)". www.zoonomen.net. 2009-03-28. 
  3. ^ a b Forshaw (2006). page 28.
  4. ^ Forshaw (2006). plate 8.

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