The Lorius genus contains six medium sized (26-31 cm) parrots, that are native in a range from Moluccas in Indonesia through New Guinea to the Solomon Islands.

Like other lorikeets they have a very special tongue with several small hairs at the tip of the tongue, that are used for gathering pollen and nectar from flowers.

All species have an overall red plumage with green wings; the top of the head is black except for the Chattering Lory, which have a red head.


Lorius albidinucha
White-naped Lory

Lorius chlorocercus
Yellow-bibbed Lory

Lorius domicella
Purple-naped Lory

Lorius garrulus
Chattering Lory

Lorius hypoinochrous
Purple-bellied Lory

Lorius lory
Black-capped Lory

Species & Subspecies

  • Lorius albidinucha (Rothschild & Hartert, 1924) - White-naped Lory
  • Lorius chlorocercus (Gould, 1856) - Yellow-bibbed Lory
  • Lorius domicella (Linnaeus, 1758) - Purple-naped Lory
  • Lorius garrulus (Linnaeus, 1758) - Chattering Lory
    • Lorius garrulus garrulus (Linnaeus, 1758)
    • Lorius garrulus flavopalliatus (Salvadori, 1877)
    • Lorius garrulus morotaianus (van Bemmel, 1940)
  • Lorius hypoinochrous (Gray, GR, 1859) - Purple-bellied Lory
    • Lorius hypoinochrous hypoinochrous (Gray, GR, 1859)
    • Lorius hypoinochrous devittatus (Hartert, 1898)
    • Lorius hypoinochrous rosselianus (Rothschild & Hartert, 1918)
  • Lorius lory (Linnaeus, 1758) - Black-capped Lory
    • Lorius lory lory (Linnaeus, 1758)
    • Lorius lory cyanauchen (Müller, S, 1841)
    • Lorius lory erythrothorax (Salvadori, 1877)
    • Lorius lory jobiensis (Meyer, AB, 1874)
    • Lorius lory salvadorii (Meyer, AB, 1891)
    • Lorius lory somu (Diamond, 1967)
    • Lorius lory viridicrissalis (Beaufort, 1909)