Maluku Island Birds Species

Index of birds native to, or found on, the Maluku Islands. For additional information about a specific bird, click on the slink to be taken to that bird species page. Or check out our page with Maluku Island birds images.

Amboina or Amboyna King Parrots (Alisterus amboinensis) aka Moluccan King Parrots, Ambon King Parrots or Amboina Green-Winged King Parrots – Range: Islands of Moluccas

Aru Island Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus aruensis) – Range: Aru Islands in the province of Maluku in eastern Indonesia

Azure Kingfisher (Alcedo azurea) – Range: North Maluku

Barking Owls or Winking Owls

Barred Doves (Geopelia maugei) – Range: Found on Sumbawa, Flores, Sumba, Timor, the Tanimbar Islands, the Kei Islands (Maluku province) and other smaller islands

Bechstein’s Violet-necked Lories (Eos squamata riciniata) – Range: Weda Islands and Islands of the Northern Moluccas

Bernstein’ s Black Lories (Chalcopsitta atra bernsteini) – Range: Island of Misool (part of Maluku Islands) in Western New Guinea

Bernstein’s Red Lories (Eos bornea bernsteini or Eos rubra bernsteini) – Range: Kai Islands (also known as Kei Islands) / in the south-eastern part of the Maluku Islands in Indonesia

Biak Pygmy Parrots (Micropsitta geelvinkiana misorienses) – Range: Biak Island, the largest of the Schouten Islands, off the northern coast of West Papua (the Indonesian part of New Guinea) at the entrance to Cenderawasih (Geelvink) Bay (part of Maluku Islands)

Bicolored White-eye (Tephrozosterops stalkeri) – Endemic to the island of Seram in the Maluku province of Indonesia

Black-chinned Whistler (Pachycephala mentalis) – Endemic to Halmahera and adjacent smaller islands in North Maluku, Indonesia (no photo)

Black-lored Parrots (Tanygnathus gramineus) – Range: Island of Buru (Maluku Province), Indonesia

Black Lories (Chalcopsitta atra atra) – Range: Islands of Misool (Maluku province)

Blue-eared Lories (Eos semilarvata) – Range: Mountains of Central Seram (formerly Ceram) (Maluku Province)

Blue-naped Parrots (Tanygnathus lucionensisis) – also known as the Luzon Parrot or Philippine Green Parrot – Endemic

Blue-streaked Lories (Eos reticulata) – Range: Tanimbar Islands (Maluku povince)

Blue-thighed Lories or Blue-thighed Lories (Lorius domicellus / tibialis) – Range: Seram and Ambon Islands, part of the Maluku Islands

Brown or Rusty Pitohui (Pitohui ferrugineus) – Range: Endemic to lowland and hill forests of New Guinea, Aru Islands in the province of Maluku

Buru Pygmy Parrots (Micropsitta bruijnii pileata) – Range: Mountains of Buru and Seram in the Southern Moluccas, Indonesia

Black-throated Lorikeets aka Dark-throated Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus nigrogularis) – Range: Aru Islands (Maluku Province), Eastern Kai Islands (Kai Islands are also known as Kei Islands and are found in the south-eastern part of the Maluku Islands in Indonesia)

Blue-necked Red-cheeked Parrots aka Gilolo Parrots (Geoffroyus geoffroyi cyanicollis) – Range: Found in Mortai, Halmahera Island (the largest island in the Maluku Islands), Batjan, northern Moluccas / Maluku Islands, Indonesia

Blue-faced Parrot-finches (Erythrura trichroa)

Buru Great-billed Parrots (Tanygnathus megalorhynchos affinis) – Range: Buru, Seram, Amboina or Ambon, Haruku in the southern Moluccas

Buru Island King Parrots (Alisterus amboinensis buruensis) – Range: Buru in Southern Moluccas, Indonesia

Buru Pygmy Parrots (Micropsitta bruijnii pileata) – Range: Mountains of Buru and Seram in the Southern Moluccas, Indonesia

Buru Racket-tailed Parrots (Prioniturus mada) – Range: Island of Buru (Maluku province)

Buru Red-cheeked Parrots (Geoffroyus geoffroyi rhodops) – Range: Buru, Seram, Ambon, Saparua, Haruku, Seram Laut in southern Mollucas (Maluku Province)

Buru Red Lories (Eos bornea cyanonothus aka Eos rubra cyanonothus) – Range: Buru Island in the province of Maluku

Buru White-eye (Zosterops buruensis) – Endemic to the island of Buru

Carmine-fronted Lories (Chalcopsitta sintillata rubrifrons) – Range: Aru Islands in the province of Maluku in eastern Indonesia

Ceram Lories or Blue-eared Lories (Eos semilarvata) – Range: Mountains of Central Seram (formerly Ceram) (Maluku Province), in Indonesia

Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae)

Chattering Lories aka Moluccan Lories (Lorius garrulus garrulus) – Range: Halmahera and Weda Islands (part of the Maluku group of islands)

Cinnamon-breasted Whistler (Pachycephala johni) – Endemic to the Maluku Islands

Comb-crested Jacanas (Irediparra gallinacea), also known as the Lotusbird or Lilytrotter

Dusky Honeyeaters (Myzomela obscura)

Dusky Megapode or Dusky Scrubfowl (Megapodius freycinet) – Lives in forests and swamps, including mangroves, of the Maluku

Double-eyed Fig Parrots / Blue-faced Fig Parrots / Dwarf Fig Parrots / Red-faced Fig Parrots (Cyclopsitta diophthalma diophthalma)

Eclectus Parrots (Eclectus roratus)

Eleanora Cockatoos (Cacatua galerita eleonora) – Range: Aru Islands in the province of Maluku in eastern Indonesia

Everett’s Blue-backed Parrots (Tanygnathus mulleri everetti)

Freer’s Blue-backed Parrots (Tanygnathus mulleri freeri)

Goffins Cockatoos or White Black-billed Cockatoos (Cacatua goffini aka Lophochroa) – Range: Tanimbar Islands (Maluku province)

Grand Eclectus Parrots aka Dusky Eclectus (Eclectus roratus roratus) – Range: Buru, Seram (formerly Ceram), Amboina, Saparua, and Haruku in the South Moluccas / Maluka Island

Great-billed Parrots aka Moluccan Parrots or Island Parrots (Tanygnathus megalorynchos)

Greater Red-cheeked Parrots (Geoffroyus geoffroyi keyensis) – Range: Kai Islands (also known as Kei Islands) – found in the south-eastern part of the Maluku Islands

Green-naped Lories or Rainbow Lories (Trichoglossus haematodus haematodus) – Range: New Guinea, Buru and Seram (formerly Ceram) – Maluku Province

Gurney’s Eagle (Aquila gurneyi)

Halmahera Cuckoo-shrikes (Coracina parvula)

Halmahera Eclectus Parrots (Roratus vosmaeri / Vosmaeri Eclectus) – Range: Native to the islands in Northern and Central Moluccas

Metallic Pigeon (Columba vitiensis halmaheira)

Moluccan Cockatoos (Cacatua moluccensis), or Salmon-crested Cockatoo – Range: Seram (formerly Ceram), South Moluccas in eastern Indonesia

Moluccan Hanging-parrots (Loriculus amabilis) – Range: Moluccan islands of Halmahera and Batjan, in the northern Moluccas / Maluku Islands

Moluccan Megapode (Eulipoa wallacei) aka Wallace’s Scrubfowl, Moluccan Scrubfowl or Painted Megapode – Range: Confined to hill and mountain forests Maluku Islands of Halmahera, Buru, Seram, Ambon, Ternate, Haruku and Bacan.

Müller’s Parrots, Müller’s Blue-backed Parrots (Tanygnathus sumatranus sumatranus) – Range: Sulawesi (formerly known as Celebes), Togian and Sula Islands – part of the Maluku island group

Morotai Yellow-backed Lories (Lorius garrulus morotaianus) – Range: Morotai and Raou Islands (part of Maluku Islands)

Obi Red-cheeked Parrots (Geoffroyus geoffroyi obiensis) – Range: Obi Group in the central Mollucas

Obi Violet-necked Lories (Eos squamata obiensis) – Range: Island of Obi in the northern Moluccas / Maluku Islands)

Orange-fronted Hanging-parrots (Loriculus aurantiifrons) – Range: The island of Misool (Maluku Province) in western Papuan Islands

Palm Cockatoos (Probosciger aterrimus aterrimus – Range: Aru Island, Misool and Western Papuan Island (Maluku Province)

Papuan Hornbill
(R. p. plicatus) – Range: South Moluccas (R. p. ruficollis) – Range: North Moluccas and West Papua, eastwards to the Southern Highlands and Simbu Province, Papua New Guinea

Paradise Crows (Lycocorax pyrrhopterus) aka Silky Crow – Range: Maluku islands

Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida): Range: Found in the south of the island but also occur at a few sites in the north and on the Aru Islands in the province of Maluku

Pleasing Lorikeets (Charmosyna placentis placentis) – Range: Seram, Pandjang, Ambelau; Kai and Aru Islands (Maluku Province)

Philippine Green Parrots (Tanygnathus lucionensis lucionensis)

Purple-naped Lories (Lorius domicella aka Domicella domicellus / Lorius tibialis) – Range: Found on the islands of Seram (formerly Ceram) and Ambon (formerly Amboina), in the province of Maluku

Rainbow Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus) – Range: Kai Islands (also known as Kei Islands) in the south-eastern part of the Maluku Islands

Red-cheeked Parrots (Geoffroyus geoffroyi geoffroyi) – Range: Timor (province East Nusa Tenggara) and Wetar Islands (province Maluku) in the Lesser Sunda Islands

Red-flanked Lorikeets aka Pleasing Lorikeets (Charmosyna placentis placentis aka Hypocharmosyna placentis placentis) – Range: Pandjang, Seram, Ambon and Ambelau, Southern Moluccas

Red Lories (Eos bornea bornea aka Eos rubra bornea) – Range: Found on the islands of Ambon / Amboina, Saparua, Buru, Seram, Goram, Ceramlaut, Watubela and Kai Islands (also known as Kei Islands) – in the south-eastern part of the Maluku Islands

Red-sided Eclectus Parrots (Eclectus roratus polychloros aka Lorius roratus polychloros) – Range: Kai and Western Papuan Islands, New Guinea and offshore Islands,Trobiand Islands and D’Entrecasteaux, Louisiade Archipelagos

Rose-crowned Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus regina) – Range: Maluku Islands

Rothschild’s Red Lories (Eos bornea rothschildi aka Eos rubra rothschildi) – Range: Seram (formerly Ceram) in the province of Maluku

Sclater’s Hanging Parrots (Loriculus amabilis sclateri) – Range: Sula Islands

Spangled Kookaburras (Dacelo tyro) – Range: Found only on the Aru Islands in the province of Maluku in eastern Indonesia)

Sulu Green Parrots (Tanygnathus lucionensis moro)

Sula Island King Parrots (Alisterus amboinensis sulaensis)

Sumba Island (Cornelia) Eclectus (E.r. cornelia)

Taliabu Masked-owls / Taliabu Owls (T. nigrobrunnea) – Range: Sula Islands, Maluku

Taliabu Racket-tailed Parrots (Prioniturus platurus sinerubris) – Range: formerly could be found in Taliabu in the Sula Islands, Indonesia – now extinct

Tanimbar Great-billed Parrots (Tanygnathus megalorhynchos subaffinis) – Range: Tanimbar Islands (Maluku province)

Tanimbar Island (Reideli) Eclectus (E. r. riedeli)

Tanimbar Red-cheeked Parrots (Geoffroyus geoffroyi timorlaoensis) – Range: Tanimbar Islands (Maluku province)

Tanimbar Starlings (Aplonis crassa)

Torresian Crows (Corvus orru latirostris) – Range: Tenimber and Barbar Islands (Maluku province)

Umbrella Cockatoos or White Cockatoos (Cacatua alba) – Range: endemic to the islands of Central and Northern Moluccas (aka Maluku Islands) – Bacan, Halmahera, Ternate, Tidore and Kasiruta

Violet-necked LoriesRange: Northern Moluccas / Maluku

Wallace’s Fig-Parrots (Psittaculirostris desmarestii blythii) – Range: Misool in Western Papuan Islands (Maluku province)

Wallace’s Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus wallacii) – Range: Lowland forests of eastern Lesser Sunda Islands, southern Maluku

Wedge-tailed Lorikeets aka Iris Lorikeets (Psitteuteles iris) – Range: Forests and woodlands of Wetar island (Maluku Province) and western part of Timor in Lesser Sundas.

Wetar Lorikeets (Trichoglossus haematodus flavotectus) – Range: Islands Wetar and Roma, near Timor

Wetar Red-winged Parrots (Aprosmictus jonquillaceus wetterensis) – Range: Wetar Island (Maluku Province)

Vosmaeri Eclectus Parrots (Roratus vosmaeri) – Range: Native to the islands in Northern and Central Moluccas

Yellow and Green Lorikeets (Trichoglossus flavoviridis) – Range: Sula Islands – a group of islands in the Malukus. Its three main islands are Mangole, Sanae and Taliabu.

Yellow-backed Lories (Lorius garrulus flavopalliatus) – Range: Batjan and Obi Islands (part of (Maluku Islands)

Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrots (Micropsitta keiensis keiensis) – Range: Kai and Aru Islands in the province of Maluku

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