Lory (Black-capped) / Lorius lory

Did you know...

  • Lories and Lorikeets are also known as brush-tongued parrots because of the collection of tiny hairs at the end of the tongue with which they soak up nectar and collect pollen from plants.
  • Lories are reputed reported to be good mimics and so are popular with the pet trade.
  • One captive pair of this species learned to mimic chickens, gulls, steam whistles and dogs yelping.

 

The black-capped lory (Lorius lory) also known the tricolored lory, found in New Guinea and adjacent smaller islands.

The black-capped lory inhabits the primary forest and forest edges in most lowland areas up to 1000m (sporadically to 1750m), but not monsoon forest or coconut plantations.

It is usually found in pairs and occasionally in groups of 10 or more. Their diet includes pollen, nectar, flowers, fruit and insects.

The black-capped lory has its nests in tree holes often 20-25 metres above the forest floor where it roosts all year-round. A clutch of one to two white eggs are incubated for 24 days. More than one clutch may be raised each year. They may become extremely aggressive during the breeding season. The chicks fledge in 10 to 14 weeks and become independent in another 6 to 8 weeks. Sexual maturity is reached at about 3 to 4 years.

No major threats to its survival are currently thought to exist and the species is listed by IUCN as being of Least Concern.