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Chattering Lory

 (Lorius garrulus)

Also known as: Scarlet Lory, Yellow-backed Lory (L.g. flavopalliatus)

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Chattering Lory, Jurong Bird Park
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Up to 70% of a lory or lorikeet's day is spent foraging for food. They will fly up to 30 miles in a day to find a food source.

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Species Profile

Genus: Lorius | Species: garrulus

Size:

30cm (11.7 in)

Weight:

180-250g (6.3-8.75 oz)

Races including nominate:

three: L.g. garrulus, L.g. flavopalliatus, L.g. morotaianus

Colour Adult:

L.g. garrulus: Both adults in general red, with scapulars having darker tint; yellow patch on mantle absent; green thighs and wings; yellow bend of wing and underwing coverts; pink/rose underwing stripe; red tail with black/green tip. Bill orange. Eye ring grey, eye orange/red.
L.g. flavopalliatus: Both adults as in garrulus but with yellow patch on mantle; brighter green on wings.
L.g. morotaianus: Both adults as in flavopalliatus but with yellow patch on mantle washed with green, duller and less extensive; darker green wings.

Colour Juvenile:

L.g. garrulus: As in adults but with brownish bill, paler grey/white eye ring and brown eye.
L.g. flavopalliatus: As in adults.
L.g. morotaianus: As in adults.

Call:

Calls are described as loud, nasal and quavery. Also makes braying sounds. Territorial calls while perched are raucous, two-syllable horn-like notes emitted singly or repeated two or three times.

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Video 1 | Video 2

More Information:

AvianWeb
Avibase
National Geographic Photo Ark
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
Lexicon of Parrots
Internet Bird Collection
BirdLife International
Busch Gardens/Sea World Camp Adventures
Parrots: A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Parrots: Status Survey and Conservation Action Plan 2000-2004, Snyder, McGowan, Gilardi and Grajal, 2000.
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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Chattering Lory, Jurong Bird Park
© Doug Janson | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Up to 70% of a lory or lorikeet's day is spent foraging for food. They will fly up to 30 miles in a day to find a food source.

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WPT has worked with numerous partners to help save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Lorius garrulus

Species Care

Captive Status:

Formerly common, now less so.

Longevity:

28-32 yrs

Housing:

Enclosure with drain in floor (sloping concrete with drain), or suspended cage over concrete floor.

Diet:

Commercial or homemade nectar (baby cereal, lactose-free; honey and malt extract or molasses, mixed with filtered water, made fresh once or twice daily); fruit once or twice daily: apple, pear, orange, banana, cactus fruits; one or more vegetable items daily: carrot, fresh corn, tinned sweet corn (unsalted), green leaves such as Swiss chard, lettuce or dandelion; rearing food made from hard-boiled egg, wholegrain bread and carrot, all ground to crumbly consistency.

Enrichment:

Provide daily baths, necessary because of nectar diet. Provide lots of bird-safe (non-toxic and unsprayed) flowering branches for perching and chewing.

Nest Box Size:

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

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

26 days

Fledging Age:

10-11 weeks

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

Specialist Club:

The Lory Link

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Chattering Lory, Jurong Bird Park
© Doug Janson | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Up to 70% of a lory or lorikeet's day is spent foraging for food. They will fly up to 30 miles in a day to find a food source.

Programs & Projects

WPT has worked with numerous partners to help save this species. Learn more

Academic Research

Related publications: Lorius garrulus

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, decreasing.

IUCN Red List Status:

Vulnerable

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

The main threat is trapping for the wild bird trade; several thousand are taken annually. Tree harvesting in the area has become more intensive in the twenty-first century, with mainly large nesting trees being taken.

Range:

L.g. garrulus: Halmahera and Widi Islands, N Moluccas.
L.g. flavopalliatus: Bacan and Obi, N Moluccas.
L.g. morotaianus: Morotai and Rau, N Moluccas.

Habitat:

Found in upland forested areas up to 1300m (4264 ft). Most commonly reported in primary and mature secondary forests away from settlements.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on pollen, fruits, nectar and flowers.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Reported in pairs. Noisy and conspicuous in flight but are difficult to spot while feeding in forest canopy.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 elliptical eggs, 26.0 x 22.0mm (1 x 0.8 in)

Breeding Season:

Possibly starting in June, with young fledged by October-November.

Related Links:

Wikipedia
Research: An assessment of parrot trade on Obi Island reveals heavy exploitation of the Chattering Lory

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Chattering Lory, Jurong Bird Park
© Doug Janson | Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

Up to 70% of a lory or lorikeet's day is spent foraging for food. They will fly up to 30 miles in a day to find a food source.

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Academic Research

Related publications: Lorius garrulus

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