Black-winged Lory 30 cm; 120 g. Generally red; bill orange; purplish-blue patch around eye extending through ear-coverts to sides of neck; upper wing-coverts, scapulars and back black; secondaries and primaries tipped black; thighs and flank spot black; tail black, outer feathers red on inner vanes, hence appears largely red below. Immature has purplish edges to body feathers.
SOURCE: Mohammed Amit Birds Farm Madurai
Islands in N Geelvink Bay (Manim, Numfor, Biak, Num), in NW New Guinea.
Birds feed in the inland forest up to 460 m and roost in coconut plantations and coastal forests.
Birds are reported to be highly nomadic, but this is perhaps on a short-term basis without seasonal influence.
Diet and Foraging
Recorded feeding in flowering trees.
Black-winged Lory foraging
SOURCE: Birding Indonesia
Sounds and Vocal Behavior
Utters mostly squeaky shrieks such as “skeet!” or “kleet!”. Also similar-sounding disyllabic notes and, when perched, more subdued somewhat whining nasal notes.
Courtship and nest prospection observed Jun–Jul. In captivity: two eggs; incubation lasting 26 days; nestling period 75–87 days.
Black Winged Lory
SOURCE: Jovan Owimrin
VULNERABLE. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Status on Numfor and Manim is unknown but likely to be very poor owing to the almost total clearance thereof primary forest. Generally uncommon on Biak, though common on adjacent Supiori; at risk on former through habitat loss and trade. International trade may be a serious threat: Indonesian records indicate 632, 1370, and 1370 birds exported, 1988–1990. Commercial importation into the EU from Indonesia has been prohibited since Dec 1989.