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