Black-capped Lory

Black-capped Lory 29–33 cm; 163–260 g.

Black-capped Lory

Bill orange, cere black; crown above a line through eye purplish black; rest of head and throat red, shading to pink on narrow hindneck collar; upper mantle blackish with a dark blue tinge, extending downsides of neck to join irregular blackish markings on breast,


shading to purplish on the belly, thighs, and vent; sides of breast and flanks red; underwing-coverts red bordered by a broad yellow band across the base of flight-feathers, tips blackish; wings green above; tail above red, distally blue-black, below dull olive-yellow.

Black-capped Lory parrot

Immature has underwing-coverts blue. Race erythrothorax has breast red, less blue on napesomu similar without any blue on nape; cyanuchen similar but blackish crown merges with blue nape; Salvadori like nominate but underwing-coverts dark blue; viridicrissalis similar but darker on the nape, underwing-coverts mainly black; jobiensis like salvadorii but rosier breast, nape lighter blue.

Black-capped Lory parrots

Systematics History

Editor’s Note: This article requires further editing work to merge existing content into the appropriate Subspecies sections. Please bear with us while this update takes place.

Forms a species group with L. GarrulusL. domicella, and L. hypoinochrous. Validity of form somu, with a very restricted range, requires investigation. Proposed race major considered inseparable from nominate, and rubiensis synonymized with erythrothorax. Seven subspecies were recognized.



Lorius lory Scientific name definitions

W Papuan Is (Waigeo, Batanta, Salawati, Misool) and Vogelkop Peninsula, in NW New Guinea.


Lorius lory cyanauchen Scientific name definitions

Biak I, in N Geelvink Bay (NW New Guinea).


Lorius lory jobiensis Scientific name definitions

Yapen I and Mios Num I, in NC Geelvink Bay.


Lorius lory viridicrissalis Scientific name definitions

N New Guinea from Mamberamo R to Yos Sudarso Bay (on C part of N coast).


Lorius lory salvadorii Scientific name definitions


NE New Guinea from the Aitape area to Astrolabe Bay.


Lorius lory erythrothorax Scientific name definitions

from W New Guinea (Bomberai Peninsula) E throughout S half of the island (except where replaced by somu), and E from the Huon Peninsula, to SE lowlands.


Lorius lory somu Scientific name definitions

SC New Guinea, on S side of mountain ranges, between Fly R and Purari R.


Editor’s Note: Additional distribution information for this taxon can be found in the ‘Subspecies’ article above. In the future, we will develop a range-wide distribution article.


Lowland and hill forest, freshwater swamp and dryland forest, uncommon above 1000 m and very rarely reaching as high as 1600 m.


Relatively sedentary, although substantial movements at dawn and dusk.

Diet and Foraging

SyzygiumFreycinetiaSchefflera, and other flowers for their pollen and nectar, also fruits and small insects.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Quite vocal and has an extensive repertoire of piercing or shrill whistles and screeches. Different notes are usually given with pauses of 1–2 seconds, but also in fast successions of the same note. Flight call a whistled “wheee-whuh” or similar.


May–Jul, but with nest excavation in a dead tree at the edge of native garden in Oct. No further information from wild. In captivity: two eggs, size 27 mm × 22 mm; incubation lasting 24 days; and nestling period c. 2 months.

My parrots morning routine. Black Capped Lory playing. Dama niebieskobrzucha się bawi.



Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Generally a common though not abundant bird throughout its range, with 40 birds/km² estimated in on an area of SE New Guinea.

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