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Red Lory

 (Eos bornea)

Also known as: Moluccan Red Lory, Moluccan Lory, Buru Lory (E.b. cyanonothus)

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Red Lory perched
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Did You Know?

Since 1981, when this species was listed on CITES Appendix II, 99,834 individuals have been recorded in international trade, though none since 2000.

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Species Profile

Genus: Eos | Species: bornea

Size:

31cm (12.1 in)

Weight:

170g (6 oz)

Races including nominate:

four: E.b. bornea, E.b. rothschildi, E.b. cyanonothus, E.b.bernsteini

Colourization Adult:

E.b. bornea: Both adults in general bright red; primary feathers black with wide red speculum; red greater wing coverts, tipped with black; blue teriary feathers and undertail coverts; tail red/brown. Eye red.
E.b. rothschildi: Both adults as in bornea, but smaller in size.
E.b. cyanonothus: Both adults in general red plumage much darker.
E.b. bernsteini: Both adults as in bornea, but larger in size.

Colourization Juvenile:

E.b. bornea: In general duller red; tertiary feathers greyish, lightly marked with blue; variable light tinge of blue on ear coverts; variable dull blue wash on vent and thighs; dusky blue margin on feathers of abdomen. Eye brown.
E.b. rothschildi: As in adults.
E.b. cyanonothus: As in adults.
E.b. bernsteini: Scattered blue feathers above eye; blue band from behind eye and down ear coverts to neck; narrow blue margins to feathers of throat. Eye brown.

Call:

Calls are a series of short, harsh screeches. Also more musical notes.

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Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

Pet Education
Lexicon of Parrots
AvianWeb

Content Sources:

Lexicon of Parrots
CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.

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Red Lory perched
© Jim McKendry

Did You Know?

Since 1981, when this species was listed on CITES Appendix II, 99,834 individuals have been recorded in international trade, though none since 2000.

Academic Research

Related publications: Eos bornea

Species Care

Captive Status:

Common in aviculture.

Longevity:

25-30yrs

Housing:

Enclosure with sloping concrete floor with drain or pebbles, or suspended cage over concrete base.

Diet:

Nectar, either a commercial type or homemade, from a mixture of baby cereal (lactose-free), honey and malt extract or molasses, mixed with filtered water and made fresh daily, this comprising at least 40 percent of the diet; vegetables such as: carrot, fresh corn or unsalted tinned sweet corn, green leaves; fruit such as: apple, pear, oranges, bananas, cactus fruits; dried figs soaked in water for a few hours; spray millet and small amount of soaked or sprouted sunflower seed, and a small amount of canary seed and/or oats.

Enrichment:

Daily bathing, socialization, exercise toys (ladders and swings that can be cleaned), puzzle and foraging toys.

Nest Box Size:

Vertical box 10" x 10" x 14" (25.4cm x 25.4cm x 35.5cm).

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

24 days

Fledging Age:

9-10 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not available

Peak Weight:

Not available

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Specialist Club:

The Lory Link

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Red Lory perched
© Jim McKendry

Did You Know?

Since 1981, when this species was listed on CITES Appendix II, 99,834 individuals have been recorded in international trade, though none since 2000.

Academic Research

Related publications: Eos bornea

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Commonly traded in international bird trade.

Range:

E.b. bornea: Ambon, Saparua, and Haruku, S Moluccas.
E.b. rothschildi: Seram, S Moluccas.
E.b. cyanonothus: Buru, S Moluccas.
E.b. bernsteini: Kai Islands.

Habitat:

Found up to 1250m (4100 ft) in plantations near villages, secondary growth, mangroves and humid primary forest.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on nectar, flowers and insects.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Are noisy and conspicuous; found in large gatherings. High-flying groups will sometimes travel across the ocean between islands. Population fluctuations are linked to the availability of flowering trees. Some nocturnal (night) activities seen.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 rounded eggs, 30.0 x 24.5mm (1.2 x 0.9 in).

Breeding Season:

Probably August, with young seen in December.

Related Links:

Wikipedia

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Red Lory perched
© Jim McKendry

Did You Know?

Since 1981, when this species was listed on CITES Appendix II, 99,834 individuals have been recorded in international trade, though none since 2000.

Academic Research

Related publications: Eos bornea

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