Black Lory


Black Lory

Black Lory 32 cm; 260 g. Glossy purplish-black, with bare orbital skin and skin at the base of bill black; rump blackish blue; underside of tail olive-yellow, basally red.

Immature has bare skin on face whitish. Race bernsteini has reddish-purple markings on forehead and thighs, paler rump; insignis has forehead, the area around the bill, leading edge of wings, underwing-coverts, and thighs red, head streaked grey-blue, rump dull blue.

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 pair with C. duivenbodei. Occasionally included in C. scintillata. Race insignis may be an incipient species. Possible race spectabilis, known only from the type specimen (1876, from the head of Geelvink Bay), appears close to race insignis but maybe a hybrid with C. scintillata. Three subspecies are currently recognized.



Chalcopsitta atra bernsteini Scientific name definitions

Misool I (W Papuan Is).

Chalcopsitta atra atra Scientific name definitions

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

Chalcopsitta atra insignis Scientific name definitions


NW New Guinea in E Vogelkop, Onin and Bomberai Peninsulas, and Rumberpon I (W Geelvink Bay).


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.


Open habitats include coastal plantations, grassy savanna, and forest edge; also mangroves, Nypa palm forest, freshwater swamp, and dryland forest; even very open, stunted forest on limestone.


No information, but occurrence in large flocks and use of open habitats, which may exhibit pronounced seasonal regimes, suggest some local displacements may occur.

Diet and Foraging

Black Lory

black lory bird

Seen feeding at flowering Schefflera shrubs.

black lory eating food

SOURCE:Kanhaiya Sir


Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Not well documented. The commonest call is a very shrill, up-slurred screech, uttered either singly or in loose series.


Male in breeding condition in Dec. In captivity: two eggs, size 31 mm × 25·7 mm; incubation lasting c. 25 days; nestling period c. 75 days.

Training With a Black Lory

SOURCE:Parenting Parrots

Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Locally common, often in large flocks, but a better understanding of each race’s populations is needed. International trade was moderately high in the late 1980s, with 2808 exported in the four years 1987–1990; commercial importation into the EC from Indonesia was banned in Sept 1991.

Charlie bird, black lory

SOURCE:Lisa Everett

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