Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Black-lored Parrot (Tanygnathus gramineus)


French: Perruche de Buru German: Burupapagei Spanish: Loro de Buru

Psittacus gramineus

J. F. Gmelin

, 1788,

Ambon; error = Buru




Buru, S Moluccas.

Descriptive notes

40 cm. Generally dull green throughout, slightly brighter on hindneck; bill red; crown and upper cheeks lightly washed bluish grey bisected by a black line through lores and... read more


Not well documented. Commonest vocalization a repeated loud nasal squawk rendered “crawk” or “kyeh”. read more


Montane forest above 600–700 m. Birds, assumed to be this species were heard nightly arriving... read more

Food and feeding

No detailed information, but may be largely nocturnal.


No information.


Apparently resident.

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Very poorly known, owing to at least partially nocturnal habits, but upland forest on Buru now judged... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Black-lored Parrot (Tanygnathus gramineus). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 7 December 2019).