Ponape Lories, Pohnpei Lorikeets, or Cherry-red Lorikeets


Ponape Lories (Trichoglossus rubiginosus)Lories and Lorikeets: Overview (Naming, Range and Description)




The Ponape Lories (Trichoglossus rubiginosus), also known as Red Lorikeets, Cherry-red Lorikeets or Pohnpei Lorikeets, are endemic to Ponapé in Caroline Islands - a large archipelago of widely scattered islands in the western Pacific Ocean, northeast of New Guinea - situated in Micronesia.

Their natural habitat includes subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

This lory is relatively unknown in captivity.


Description:

The Ponape Lory averages 9.3 inches (24 cm) in length (from head to tail tip) and weighs ~ 2.6 - 3.0 oz (70 - 85 g). The plumage of both males and females is mostly a deep maroon color, with slightly darker barring. The wings and tail is olive/yellow.

Ponape LoriesVisual differences:

  • Bill: Males have orange bills, while females' is more yellow.
  • Eyes: Male: yellow/orange in male; female: grey/white.
  • Immature birds: Like adults, but have brown bills and eyes.

Lories as Pets or in Aviculture:

Due to their endangered status, any suitable specimen that cannot be released back into their natural habitat (native range) should preferably be placed into a well-managed breeding program to ensure the continued survival of this species.


Taxonomy

Family: Loriidae ... Genus: Scientific: Trichoglossus ... English: Wedge-tailed Lorikeets ... Dutch: Wigstaartlori ... German: Keilschwanzloris ... French: Loriquet

Species: Scientific: Trichoglossus rubiginosus ... English: Ponapé Lory, Cherry-red Lorikeet ... Dutch: Ponapé Lori, Kersrode Lori ... German: Kirschlori ... French: Loriquet maron


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Species Research by Sibylle Johnson

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