Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Least Concern

Dusky Lory (Pseudeos fuscata)


French: Lori sombre German: Weißbürzellori Spanish: Lori sombrío

Eos fuscata


, 1858,

Manokwari, New Guinea


In the past considered polytypic, with nominate race confined to birds of Salawati and nearby mainland, and all other populations grouped in race incondita. Monotypic.


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

Descriptive notes

25 cm; 117–192 g. Variable, with yellow and orange morphs. Generally dusky brown, with feathers of cheeks, hindneck and upper breast edged yellow; bill orange with... read more


Commonest call a rather high-pitched shrill “kreet!”. When perched, repertoire more extensive... read more


Hill rain forest and edge, secondary growth, partially cleared areas, groves and suburban parks,... read more

Food and feeding

Nectar and perhaps pollen of Elaeocarpus sphaericus, Schefflera, Sloanea, Pittosporum ramiflorum,... read more


Nov–Apr in E Highlands, though breeding condition male taken there in Aug; Jul in Irian Jaya. Nest in hole high in tall montane tree... read more


Nomadic, with displacements occurring in response to periods of high or low flowering. However,... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common and highly gregarious, sometimes forming roosts of several thousand birds; in one area of SE New Guinea density estimated at 30... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N. & Boesman, P. (2019). Dusky Lory (Pseudeos fuscata). 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 23 October 2019).