Family Parrots (Psittacidae)


Black-winged Lory (Eos cyanogenia)


French: Lori à joues bleues German: Schwarzschulterlori Spanish: Lori alinegro

Eos cyanogenia


, 1850,

Numfor, New Guinea




Islands in N Geelvink Bay (Manim, Numfor, Biak, Num), in NW New Guinea.

Descriptive notes

30 cm; 120 g. Generally red; bill orange; purplish-blue patch around eye extending through ear-coverts to sides of neck; upperwing-coverts, scapulars and back black;... read more


Utters mostly squeaky shrieks such as “skeet!” or “kleet!”. Also similar-sounding disyllabic notes... read more


Birds feed in inland forest up to 460 m and roost in coconut plantations and coastal forest.

Food and feeding

Recorded feeding in flowering trees.


Courtship and nest prospection observed Jun–Jul. In captivity: two eggs; incubation lasting 26 days; nestling period 75–87 days.


Birds are reported to be highly nomadic, but this is perhaps on a short-term basis without seasonal... read more

Status and conservation

VULNERABLE. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Status on Numfor and Manim unknown but likely to be very poor owing to the almost total clearance... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2020). Black-winged Lory (Eos cyanogenia). 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 28 February 2020).