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Brown Lory

 (Chalcopsitta duivenbodei)

Also known as: Duivenbode's Lory

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Brown Lories
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Did You Know?

The Brown Lory is one of only two species of parrot that are predominently brown, the other being the Dusky Lory.

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Related publications: Chalcopsitta duivenbodei

Species Profile

Genus: Chalcopsitta | Species: duivenbodei

Size:

31 cm (12.1 in)

Weight:

200-230g (7-8 oz)

Races including nominate:

two: C. d. duivenbodei, C. d. syringanuchalis

Colour Adult:

Dark brown feathers; yellow forecrown, chin, thighs, under-wing converts, innerwebs of primary feathers and bend of wing; also purple rump and black bill.  Eye orange/red.
C.d. duivenbodei: Body dark olive/brown, forehead and face yellow; feathers of breast margined yellow, bend of wing, thighs and underwing covers orange/yellow; yellow markings on outer tail feathers in male.
C.d. syringanuchalis: Darker brown head and back; often with purple sheen.

Colour Juvenile:

C.d. duivenbodei: Yellow less bright and less extensive on face and bend of wing; neck feathers brown; white bare skin around eye and lower jaw.
C.d. syringanuchalis: As in adult.

Call:

Harsh, some musical tones, with different hissing and screeching.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

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
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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Brown Lories
© Mehd Halaouate

Did You Know?

The Brown Lory is one of only two species of parrot that are predominently brown, the other being the Dusky Lory.

Academic Research

Related publications: Chalcopsitta duivenbodei

Species Care

Captive Status:

Limited number in captivity.

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Aviary with a well drained floor (sloping) or suspended cage over concrete base, size 2 x 1 x 2m (6.5 x 3.3 x 6.5 ft).

Diet:

Proprietary type (store bought) nectar or a mixture of baby cereal (no lactose), honey, and malt extract or molasses, mixed with bottled water, made fresh once or twice daily; also fresh fruit like apple, pear, orange, banana, cactus fruits and one or more of the following: carrot, corn on the cob, green leaves, rearing food made from hard boiled egg, wholegrain bread, low-fat cheese all ground up in a crumbly consistency.

Enrichment:

Hanging nectar bottles or cups around aviary, providing browse with edible flowers, various chew (wooden block, vegetable tanned leather and heat sterilized pine cones) and plastic toys (non-toxic); provide bowls of water for bathing.

Nest Box Size:

L-shaped, up to 9" (22.8cm) high, 9"(22.8cm) wide, 18"(45.7cm) long and 18"(45.7cm) deep; entrance hole 3" (7.6cm); also provide boxes for them to sleep in year round.

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

24 days

Fledging Age:

77 days

Hatch Weight:

8-9g (0.3-0.31 oz)

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Brown Lories
© Mehd Halaouate

Did You Know?

The Brown Lory is one of only two species of parrot that are predominently brown, the other being the Dusky Lory.

Academic Research

Related publications: Chalcopsitta duivenbodei

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Above 50,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

Habitat is threatened by logging but species abundance suggests it is not threatened so far.

Range:

C.d. duivenbodei: Found in northern New Guinea.
C.d. syringanuchalis: Geelvink Bay in Irian Jaya to Astolobe Bay in Papua New Guinea.

Habitat:

Open habitats, secondary forests to 200m (656 ft).

Wild Diet:

Nectar from flowering trees, and fruit.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Gregarious, roosting socially, also seen in pairs in flowering trees. Also seen with Rainbow Lorikeets in mixed flock.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 eggs, size 34.0 x 25.0 mm (1.3 x 0.9 in)

Breeding Season:

Little is known, but a female in breeding condition reported in April.

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Brown Lories
© Mehd Halaouate

Did You Know?

The Brown Lory is one of only two species of parrot that are predominently brown, the other being the Dusky Lory.

Academic Research

Related publications: Chalcopsitta duivenbodei

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