Ponape Lories (Trichoglossus rubiginosus)Lories and Lorikeets: Overview (Naming, Range and Description)

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    The Ponape Lories (Trichoglossus rubiginosus), also known as Red Lorikeets, Cherry-red Lorikeets or Pohnpei Lorikeets, are endemic to Ponapé in Caroline Islands – a large archipelago of widely scattered islands in the western Pacific Ocean, northeast of New Guinea – situated in Micronesia.

    Their natural habitat includes subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.

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      This lory is relatively unknown in captivity.

       

      Description:

      The Ponape Lory averages 9.3 inches (24 cm) in length (from head to tail tip) and weighs ~ 2.6 – 3.0 oz (70 – 85 g). The plumage of both males and females is mostly a deep maroon color, with slightly darker barring. The wings and tail is olive/yellow.

      Ponape LoriesVisual differences:

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        • Bill: Males have orange bills, while females’ is more yellow.
        • Eyes: Male: yellow/orange in male; female: grey/white.
        • Immature birds: Like adults, but have brown bills and eyes.

         

        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.

         

        Taxonomy

        Family: Loriidae … Genus: Scientific: Trichoglossus … English: Wedge-tailed Lorikeets … Dutch: Wigstaartlori … German: Keilschwanzloris … French: Loriquet

        Species: Scientific: Trichoglossus rubiginosus … English: Ponapé Lory, Cherry-red Lorikeet … Dutch: Ponapé Lori, Kersrode Lori … German: Kirschlori … French: Loriquet maron


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