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Yellow-streaked Lory

 (Chalcopsitta scintillata)

Also known as: Greater Streaked Lory, Cream-streaked Lory, Red-fronted Lory

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Yellow-streaked Lory
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Yellow-streaked Lory pairs often engage in acrobatic flying with much calling to each other.

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Species Profile

Genus: Chalcopsitta | Species: scintillata

Size:

31cm (12.1 in)

Weight:

180-245g (6.3-8.6 oz)

Races including nominate:

three: C. s. scintillata, C. s. chloroptera, C. s. rubifrons

Colourization Adult:

C.s. scintillata: Both adults mostly green, the feathers pale green on shaft on head to abdomen and bright yellow on breast and mantle; red forehead, lores, thighs and underwing coverts, in female less evident on forehead; red on sides of breast; underwing banded with yellow. Bill black. Eye ring bare and grey. Skin at base of bill grey/black. Eye orange/red.         
C.s. chloroptera: As in scintillata, but narrower streaking in plumage; green underwing coverts with or without red markings.   
C.s. rubrifrons: As in scintillata but broader, orange/yellow streaking in plumage.

Colourization Juvenile:

C.s. scintillata: As in adults but with minimal amount of red on forehead; varying yellow marks at base of bill. Eye brown.             
C.s. chloroptera: As in adults.         
C.s. rubrifrons: As in adults.

Call:

Vocal while in flight and when perched.  A electronic-sounding screech and many syllabled musical notes of varying tone and length.

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More Information:

Avibase
Lexicon of Parrots
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 Yellow-streaked Lory, van Balen, Bas, XC121688
Parrots of the World, Forshaw and Cooper, 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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Yellow-streaked Lory
© Jim McKendry

Did You Know?

Yellow-streaked Lory pairs often engage in acrobatic flying with much calling to each other.

Academic Research

Related publications: Chalcopsitta scintillata

Species Care

Captive Status:

Fairly common

Longevity:

Not available

Housing:

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

Diet:

Commercial type or a mixture of baby cereal (lactose-free), honey, and malt extract or molasses, mixed with bottle 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 to crumbly consistency.

Enrichment:

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

Nest Box Size:

10" x 10" x 20" (25.4cm x 25.4cm x 50.8cm) high.

Clutch Size:

2

Incubation Time:

24 days

Fledging Age:

11-13 weeks

Hatch Weight:

8g (0.3 oz)

Peak Weight:

198-227g (7-8 oz)

Weaning Weight:

198-213g (7-7.4 oz)

Specialist Club:

Lorikeet.com

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Yellow-streaked Lory
© Jim McKendry

Did You Know?

Yellow-streaked Lory pairs often engage in acrobatic flying with much calling to each other.

Academic Research

Related publications: Chalcopsitta scintillata

Species Wild Status

World Population:

Unknown, stable.

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

None noted.

Range:

C.s. scintillata: S New Guinea, east to Fly River, W Papua New Guinea.
C.s. chloroptera: SE and SC New Guinea, west to Fly and Noord Rivers, E Irian Jaya.
C.s. rubrifrons: Aru Islands, Indonesia.

Habitat:

Lowland savannahs and nearby forests, usually secondary growth. Also coconut plantations and mangroves. Up to 800m (2624 ft).

Wild Diet:

Nectar from flowering trees, and fruit.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Gregarious, in pairs or groups of up to several dozen individuals; also spend time with Rainbow Lorikeets and Red-flanked Lorikeets in flowering trees. Aerial displaying frequent.

Clutch and Egg Size:

2 rounded eggs, about 30.0 x 25.0mm (1.2 x 1 in).

Breeding Season:

February and September.

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Yellow-streaked Lory
© Jim McKendry

Did You Know?

Yellow-streaked Lory pairs often engage in acrobatic flying with much calling to each other.

Academic Research

Related publications: Chalcopsitta scintillata

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