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SPECIES INFO

The Pohnpei Lorikeet (Trichoglossus rubiginosus) is a monotypic species of parrot in the Psittacidae family. It is endemic to the island of Pohnpei and the nearby Ahnd Atoll in Micronesia. Historically the species also occurred on Namoluk Atoll near Truk, and the species may once have had a wider distribution throughout Micronesia than it does today.

Description

The Pohnpei Lorikeet is 24 cm long and weights around 80 g. The plumage is mainly reddish-maroon with vague approximately transverse striations of darker maroon. The head a slightly darker maroon. The flight feathers and tail are olive-yellow. Its legs are grey. The male has an orange beak and yellow-orange irises, while the female has a yellow beak and light grey irises. The juveniles have brown beaks and brown irises.

Habitat and behaviour

Its natural habitat is tropical moist lowland forests and plantations. The diet is composed of nectar and pollen from coconuts and also fruit and insect larvae. It nests in a hole in a tree, laying a single egg. The species is common and not considered threatened.





                                     



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