The Johnstone’s Lory (Trichoglossus johnstoniae) – also known as Mindanao Lorikeet, Loriquet De Johnstone, or Lori De Mindanao – is endemic to the subtropical and tropical moist montanes in the Philippines; where they can mostly be found in the South Mindanao / Mount Apo National Park. The existence of this lory is threatened by habitat loss.
The Johnstone’s Lory averages 7.8 inches (20 cm) in length, and weights aroynd 1.7 to 2.2 oz (48 – 62 g).
Adults: The plumage of both males and females is generally green. They have a pink/red forecrown and cheeks. The band from the lores (the regions between the eyes and bill on the side of a bird’s head) to the occiput is dark purple. The underparts are yellow, scalloped with green. They have yellow/green underwing coverts and undertail coverts. There is a yellow; underwing band. Their bill is orange/red and the eye ring is dark grey. The eyes themselves are red.
Immature birds: Young birds have less pink/red on the face. Instead of the dark purple band of the adults, young birds have a dull lilac/brown spot behind eye. The eye rings are grey/white; the eyes themselves are brown and the bill black/brown.
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.
Calls / Vocalizations
Calls made in flight are continuous notes or loud, sharp sounds. Feeding is accompanied by same sharp notes or soft, twittering sounds.
Family: Loriidae … Genus: Scientific: Trichoglossus … English: Wedge-tailed Lorikeets … Dutch: Wigstaartlori … German: Keilschwanzloris … French: Loriquet
Species: Scientific: Trichoglossus johnstoniae johnstoniae aka Psitteuteles johnstoiniae johnstoiniae … English: Johnstone’s Lory, Mount-Apo Lory … Dutch: Johnston’s Lori, Apolori … German: Apolori, Mindanaolori … French: Loriquet de Johnstone
Sub-Species / Races Including Nominate: johnstoniae, pistra
Western Mount Apo Lorikeets:
Description: Similar to the above featured nominate species, except both adults darker and duller red on face. The band from the occiput to the lores (the regions between the eyes and bill on the side of a bird’s head) is wider. The upperparts are darker green and underparts are brighter and more vivid yellow.
Distribution: Mt. Malindang, Western Mindanao
Family: Loriidae … Genus: Scientific: Trichoglossus … English: Wedge-tailed Lorikeet … Dutch: Wigstaartlori … German: Keilschwanzloris … French: Loriquet
Species: Scientific: Trichoglossus johnstoniae pistra … English: Western Mount Apo Lorikeet … Dutch: Westelijke Apolori … German: Westlicher Apolori … French: Loriquet Malingdang … CITES II – Endangered Species
Other Relevant Web Resources
- Photos of the Different Lory Species for Identification … Listing of Species
- Distribution Maps of Lories and Lorikeets
- Lories and Lorikeets in Aviculture
- Feeding and Housing Your Lories and Lorikeets
- Diseases of Lories / Lorikeets and Health Care Program
- Special Challenges of Lories and Lorikeets: Training and Behavioral Guidance