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Dusky Lory

 (Pseudeos fuscata)

Also known as: White-rumped Lory, Dusky-orange Lory

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Dusky Lory
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The Dusky Lory roosts communally in groups of up to a thousand birds.

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Related publications: Pseudeos fuscata

Species Profile

Genus: Pseudeos | Species: fuscata

Size:

25cm (9.75 in)

Weight:

140-190g (5-6.7 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colourization Adult:

Both adults have two colour phases with varying tones; in general plumage dusty olive/brown; dull yellow crown; band on foreneck yellow or red/orange, with occasionally a second band across chest; yellow or red/orange lower breast to abdomen; buff/white back and rump; brown and yellow or red/orange underwing coverts; pair of underwing bands orange/yellow; yellow/olive tail. Bill deep orange. Skin at base of bill bare and orange. Eye red.

Colourization Juvenile:

As in adults but with more extensive yellow or orange/red markings on underparts; dull buff/yellow back and rump. Bill brown/black with yellow at base. Eye yellow/grey.

Call:

Calls heard as harsh and grating screeches.

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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. 2010 edition
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006.
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Parrots: Their Care and Breeding, Low, 1986.

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Dusky Lory
© Greg Hume [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Dusky Lory roosts communally in groups of up to a thousand birds.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pseudeos fuscata

Species Care

Captive Status:

Fairly common

Longevity:

28-32yrs

Housing:

Enclosure with drain in floor (with sloped concrete if possible), or suspended aviary over concrete base. 2 x 1 x 2m (6.5 x 3.3 6.5 ft) if possible.

Diet:

Nectar, either commercial or homemade from lactose-free baby cereal, honey and malt extract or molasses, mixed with filtered water, made fresh once or twice daily, this comprising at least 40 percent of the diet; fruit such as: apple, pear, banana, cactus fruits, pomegranate; vegetables such as: carrot, celery, fresh corn on the cob, green beans, green leaves or peas in the pod; dried figs soaked in water for a few hours; spray millet; small amount of soaked or sprouted sunflower seed and small amount of canary seed and/or oats.

Enrichment:

Enjoys bathing. Provide unsprayed, bird-safe flowering branches for foraging and chewing. Provide roosting box with thick removable material to be cleaned out every two weeks.

Nest Box Size:

9" x 9" x 14" (23cm x 23cm x 35.5cm) vertical box.

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

24 days

Fledging Age:

10 weeks

Hatch Weight:

7g (0.2 oz)

Peak Weight:

About 110g (3.8 oz)

Weaning Weight:

Not available

Specialist Club:

American Lory Society
The Lory Link

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Dusky Lory
© Greg Hume [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Dusky Lory roosts communally in groups of up to a thousand birds.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pseudeos fuscata

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

None at present.

Range:

New Guinea, including Salawati in W Papuan Islands and Yapen Island in Geelvink Bay.

Habitat:

Found up to 2400m (7872 ft) in habitats ranging from lowlands and hills to 1500m (4920 ft) up to mountain areas. Prefers humid forest margins, secondary growth, savanna, plantations and some inhabited areas.

Wild Diet:

Feeds on flowers, fruits and insects.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Very social, forming large, boisterous flocks. Relies on availability of flowering trees for food and is therefore nomadic. Roosts communally in large groups.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 rounded eggs, 28.0 x 24.0mm (1.1 x 1.0 in)

Breeding Season:

August-October

Related Links:

Wikipedia

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Dusky Lory
© Greg Hume [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Did You Know?

The Dusky Lory roosts communally in groups of up to a thousand birds.

Academic Research

Related publications: Pseudeos fuscata

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