Lorius garrulus - Chattering Lory

Chattering LoryLorius garrulus (Linnaeus, 1758) – is a red parrot with green wings and short tail. It is relatively common in captivity.

Due to the nectar based diet you should provide a daily bath to keep the feathers clean. Also make sure to clean the cage/aviary regularly as lories can be very messy due to their nectar based diet! Also provide bird-safe flowering branches both for perching and chewing.

Longevity:  28 – 32 years.

Chattering Lory is listed on CITES Appendix II and EU Annex B.
It is categorized as Vulnerable by the IUCN Red List.


Red body and head; green wings with yellow bend of wing; short red tail with dark green tip; green thighs; orange bill; orange/red eyes with grey eyering.

Length: 30 cm / 11.7″
Weight: 180 – 250 g  


Indonesia: The natural habitat includes various islands in the northern and north-central Moluccas.

They live in upland forrested areas up to 1300 m / 4264 ft.


Three subspecies are recognized:

  • Lorius garrulus garrulus (Linnaeus, 1758) : Natural habitat includes the islands Halmahera and Widi in the northern Moluccas. Colors as described above.
  • Lorius garrulus flavopalliatus (Salvadori, 1877) : Natural habitat includes the islands Kasiruta, Mandioli, Bacan, Obi and Obilatu in the north-central Moluccas. Similar to garrulus but with a yellow patch on the mantle and brighter green on wings.
  • Lorius garrulus morotaianus (van Bemmel, 1940) : Natural habitat includes the islands Morotai and Rau in the northern Moluccas. Similar to flavopalliatus but yellow patch on mantle is less extensive and duller yellow washed with green; darker green on wings.


Wild birds feed on nectar, pollen, flowers and fruits.

Lories have a specialized brush-tipped tongue used for feeding on nectar and soft fruits. The main part of their diet should be based on a premade nectar replacement supplemented with various fresh fruit and vegetables, e.g. apples, banana, cactus fruit, orange, spinach, silverbeet


Chattering Lory are easy to breed; they reach sexual maturity at 2 – 3 years of age. As males and females look alike you may need DNA or endoscopic sexing to determine the gender.

Use a diagonal box about 40 x 20 x 30 cm (16″ x 8″ x 12″) as nesting box.

The clutch usually contains 2 eggs, that are incubated for 26 days; the chicks reach fledging age after 10 – 11 weeks.



  • Order: Psittaciformes
  • Family: Psittaculidae
  • Genus: Lorius


  • Danish: Gulskuldret Lori, Gulrygget Lori
  • English: Chattering Lory
  • French: Lori noira, Lori noir, Lori des Moluques
  • German: Prachtlori, Gelbmantelllori
  • Portuguese: Lóris-amor-amor
  • Spanish: Lori Gárrulo, Tricogloso Gárrulo
  • Scientific: Lorius garrulus, Lorius garrula, Psittacus garrulus, Domicella garrula

IUCN Red List

BirdLife International 2017. Lorius garrulus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2017: e.T22684581A117219105.
Accessed on 12 March 2022