Family Parrots (Psittacidae)

Near Threatened

Mindanao Lorikeet (Trichoglossus johnstoniae)


French: Loriquet de Johnstone German: Mindanaolori Spanish: Lori de Mindanao

Trichoglossus johnstoniæ

E. J. O. Hartert

, 1903,

Mount Apo, 8000 feet (c. 2400 m), Mindanao, Philippines


Occasionally placed in genus Psitteuteles. Member of the putative T. chlorolepidotus species-group (see below). Population on Mt Malindang given subspecific name pistra, but character differences slight and intermediate birds now known from intervening areas. Monotypic.


Montane areas of W, C & S Mindanao, in SE Philippines.

Descriptive notes

20 cm; 48–62 g. Bill reddish orange; front of head from forecrown to chin and anterior ear-coverts red, scaled yellow, shading to green scaled yellow on rest of crown... read more


Not well documented. Commonest calls a rasping “chrek-chrek” and a disyllabic, more piercing “cheee... read more


Montane forest and forest edge above 1000 m, with daily altitudinal movement, roosting in lower... read more

Food and feeding

Seen taking nectar from trees with scarlet blossoms; nothing else recorded.


Breeding condition birds indicate Mar–May. In captivity: apparently two eggs, size 22–22·1 mm × 19–19... read more


Seasonal or nomadic displacements in search of food unrecorded, but each evening birds make... read more

Status and conservation

Not globally threatened. Currently considered Near Threatened, and previously, Vulnerable. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Recent fieldwork... read more

Recommended citation

Collar, N., Kirwan, G.M. & Boesman, P. (2019). Mindanao Lorikeet (Trichoglossus johnstoniae). 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 10 December 2019).