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Black-capped Lory

 (Lorius lory)

Also known as: Western Black-capped Lory, Tricolored Lory

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Species Profile

Genus: Lorius | Species: lory

Size:

31cm (12.1 in)

Weight:

200-260g (7-9.1 oz)

Races including nominate:

seven: L.l. lory, L.l. erythrothorax, L.l. somu, L.l. salvadorii, L.l. viridicrissalis, L.l. jobiensis, L.l. cyanuchen

Colour Adult:

L.l. lory: Both adults in general red; black forehead; black lores and occiput, all with purple gloss; dark blue band on back of neck; blue mantle; bronze/green wings; dark blue lower breast and undertail coverts; dark blue on sides of breast, meeting with blue mantle; underwing stripe yellow; red tail with wide blue/black tip. Bill yellow/orange. Dark grey cere. Eye orange/red.
L.l. erthrothorax: Both adults red on lower breast, blue on sides of breast absent; band across back of neck narrower.
L.l. somu: Both adults as in erthrothorax but blue on back of neck absent.
L.l. salvadorii: Both adults as in erythrothorax, but with dark blue underwing coverts; band on back of neck dark blue; centre of abdomen black and wide black band across lower breast meeting with underwing coverts.
L.l. viridicrissalis: Both adults as in salvadorii but with darker more black band on back of neck; in male underwing coverts washed with dark blue, in female dark blue.
L.l. jobiensis: Both adults as in salvadorii but with pink/red tint to red breast; yellow underwing band absent; lighter blue mantle and stripe across back of neck.
L.l. cyanuchen: Both adults in general blue markings lighter and less black in colour than in salvadorii; red on nape absent, blue of back of neck meeting black of crown and occiput.

Colour Juvenile:

L.l. lory: As in adults but dark blue on upper breast; blue lesser underwing coverts. Cere and bare eye ring pale grey. Bill brown. Eye brown.
L.l. erythrothorax: As in adults.
L.l. somu: As in adults.
L.l. salvadorii: As in adults.
L.l. viridicrissalis: As in adults.
L.l. jobiensis: As in adults.
L.l. cyanuchen: As in adults.

Call:

Calls given in flight are raucous two-or-three syllable whistling notes with upswing at end. Interspersed with loud calls. Gives whistles and squeaks while perched.

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Video 1 | Video 2 | Video 3

More Information:

Wikipedia
AvianWeb
Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
ML Media Collection Catalogue 79826 Black-capped Lory (Lorius lory), Mack, Andrew, Chimbu, Papua New Guinea, May 19 1996, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 1977. 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-capped Lories
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Did You Know?

One captive pair of this species learned to mimic chickens, gulls, steam whistles and dogs yelping.

Academic Research

Related publications: Lorius lory

Species Care

Captive Status:

Common until the 1960's when export began to cease.

Longevity:

20-25 yrs

Housing:

Enclosure with well-drained floor, or suspended aviary over concrete sloping floor.

Diet:

Nectar - commercial or homemade (mixture of lactose-free baby cereal, honey and malt extract or molasses, mixed with filtered water, made fresh once or twice daily; fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, cactus fruits; one or more of the following vegetables daily: carrot, fresh corn on the cob or tinned corn (salt-free); green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, dandelion; rearing food made from hard boiled egg, wholegrain bread and carrot, ground up to crumbly consistency.

Enrichment:

Socialization, bathing (necessary daily because of liquid diet), puzzle toys, bird-safe chew toys, ladders, swings.

Nest Box Size:

Diagonal nest box 16" x 8" x 12" (40.6cm x 20.3cm x 30.5cm).

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

25 days

Fledging Age:

9-10 weeks

Hatch Weight:

8g (0.3 oz)

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

Specialist Club:

Lory Link

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Black-capped Lories
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Did You Know?

One captive pair of this species learned to mimic chickens, gulls, steam whistles and dogs yelping.

Academic Research

Related publications: Lorius lory

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

No threats at present.

Range:

L.l. lory: Waigeu, Batanta, Salawati and Misool, W Papuan Islands, and Vogelkop, Irian Jaya.
L.l. erythrothorax: S New Guinea, west in south to Onin Peninsula and southern edges of Geelvink Bay, Irian Jaya and in north to Huon Peninsula, Papua New Guinea.
L.l. somu: W Papua New Guinea on southern side of central range in Karimui Basin and Lake Kutubu to Fly and Purari Rivers.
L.l. salvadorii: N Papua New Guinea from Astrolabe Bay west to Aitape district.
L.l. viridicrissalis: N Irian Jaya from Humboldt Bay west to Mamberamo River.
L.l. jobiensis: Yapen and Mios Num Islands, in Geelvink Bay.
L.l. cyanuchen: Biak Island, Geelvink Bay, Irian Jaya.

Habitat:

Found up to 1000m (3280 ft) in primary forest and forest edges, also has been recorded in well grown secondary forest. Also occurs in partially cleared areas and swamp forest.

Wild Diet:

Includes pollen, nectar, flowers, fruit and insects.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Usually found in pairs and small groups, and may occur in parties of 10 or more when meeting to feed in flowering trees. Forages in middle storey or canopy. Quiet and inconspicuous.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 elliptical eggs, 27.0 x 22.0mm (1.1 x 0.86 in)

Breeding Season:

May-October

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Did You Know?

One captive pair of this species learned to mimic chickens, gulls, steam whistles and dogs yelping.

Academic Research

Related publications: Lorius lory

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