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Black Lory

 (Chalcopsitta atra)

Also known as: Red-quilled Lory, Rajah/Raja Lory

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The Black Lory is the only all-black lory or lorikeet.

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Species Profile

Genus: Chalcopsitta | Species: atra

Size:

32 cm (12.5 in)

Weight:

230-260g (8-9.1 oz)

Races including nominate:

C. a. atra, C. a. insignis, C. a. bernsteini, and a single specimen of C. a. spectabilis (C. atra x C. scintillata hybrid)

Colour Adult:

C. a. atra: Both adults in general black; rump violet/blue; undertail olive/yellow washed with red, bare black eye-ring, black skin at base of bill.  Eye orange/red.       
C. a. bernsteini: Red/purple markings on forehead and thighs, less evident in females; darker blue rump.               
C. a. insignis: Head streaked grey/blue; forehead, face, thighs and underwing covers red; feathers of throat and lower underparts edged red; dull blue rump, undertail covers grey/blue.

Colour Juvenile:

C.a. atra: As in adult but with white cere and eye-ring. Eye grey.                 
C. a. bernsteini: As in adults.   
C. a. insignis: Lores tinged red, forehead and face black, red less bright on thighs.

Call:

High screech or chitter.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
xeno-canto Black Lory, van Balen, Bas, XC141049
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977, 1989. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.

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Black Lories
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The Black Lory is the only all-black lory or lorikeet.

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Related publications: Chalcopsitta atra

Species Care

Captive Status:

A few in captivity (C.a. insignis).

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Aviary with well drained floor (sloping) or suspended cage over concrete base.

Diet:

Nectar made from baby cereal (no lactose) honey and malt extract or molasses, mixed with filtered water with the addition of wheat germ, made fresh once or twice daily, or a proprietary type (store bought) for small species; as well fresh fruit especially apple, orange, cactus fruits, and bananas and a few vegetables: corn, green leaves, hardcooked egg, carrot.

Enrichment:

Hanging nectar bottles or cups around aviary, providing browse with edible flowers, various chew and plastic toys (non-toxic); provide bowls of water for bathing.

Nest Box Size:

L-shaped, up to 9" (22.9cm) high, 9" (22.9cm) wide, 18" (46cm) long and 18" (46cm) deep; entrance hole 3" (7.6cm); also provide boxes for them to sleep in year round.

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

25 days

Fledging Age:

74 days

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

Specialist Club:

Lory Link
 

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The Black Lory is the only all-black lory or lorikeet.

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Related publications: Chalcopsitta atra

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

None so far.

Range:

C.a. atra: Western Vogelkop, Irian Jaya, Indonesia; and adjacent islands Batanta, Misool and Salawati, W Papuan Islands, Indonesia.
C.a. bernsteini: Misool, W Papuan Islands.
C.a. insignis: E Vogelkop, nearby Rumberpon Island, and Onin and Bomberai Peninsulas, Irian Jaya.

Habitat:

Open habitats, coastal coconut plantations, forest margins and mangrove; up to 200m (656 ft).

Wild Diet:

Flowering Schefflera shrubs, coconut.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Frequents open habitats such as coastal coconut plantations, savanna, forest margins, and Eucalyptus groves; sometimes found in large flocks foraging in flowering trees.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 rounded eggs, 30 mm (1.17 in).

Breeding Season:

Males in condition April and December.

Related Links:

Wikipedia
AvianWeb
 

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The Black Lory is the only all-black lory or lorikeet.

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Related publications: Chalcopsitta atra

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