Chattering Lory


Chattering Lory 30 cm. Mainly red, mantle sometimes with traces of yellow spotting; bill orange, basally dark; thighs and wings dull green; bend of wing and underwing-coverts yellow; broad red band across the underside of primaries; tail distally dark green. Immature has a brownish bill.

Chattering Lory

Race flavopalliatus has a bold yellow patch on the mantle and slightly brighter green wings; morotaianus has a slight yellow mantle patch.

Chattering Lory parrot

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. domicellaL. lory, and L. hypoinochrous. Three subspecies were recognized.

Subspecies


SUBSPECIES

Lorius garrulus morotaianus Scientific name definitions

Distribution
Morotai and Rau, in N Moluccas.

SUBSPECIES

Lorius garrulus garrulus Scientific name definitions

Distribution
Halmahera and Widi Is.

SUBSPECIES

Lorius garrulus flavopalliatus Scientific name definitions

Distribution
Kasiruta, Bacan, Obilatu and Obi.

Distribution

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.

Habitat

Chiefly canopy of primary lowland and hill forest and edges, logged forest and mature secondary woodland adjacent to cultivated land, sometimes visiting coconut plantations.

Chattering-Lory
 Ranges from sea-level to 1000 m on Halmahera, to 1300 m on Bacan, and to 730 m on Obi; in the proposed Lalobata reserve (Halmahera), densities were found to increase with altitude.

Chattering Lory

SOURCE:SR81K9

Diet and Foraging

Almost no information; nectar from various flowering trees, including coconut palms.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

The repertoire is quite extensive. Several very nasal calls such as “nyeeeh” or a triple-noted “nyeh…ne-nyeh”, quite melodious piercing whistles such as “whee!” or “we-whee-whee!”, and also more dissonant shrill notes when perched.

Talking Chattering Lory at Salman’s Exotic Pet Store.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWnClXVK8i4

SOURCE: Salman’s Exotic Pet Store

Breeding

Jun–Nov or beyond. Nest in hole typically is swelling on main trunk 20–25 m up in 30–35 m high tree; also in dead trees and broken palm stems. In captivity: two eggs; nestling period 76 days.

Chattering Lory, The Best Pet Wuewuewue Red Birb Parrot?

SOURCE: Five’s A Flock with Coro

Conservation Status

VULNERABLE. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species.

Population estimates for 1991 were: nominate Garrulus 31,220–220,009; flavopalliatus 11,292–48,411 birds, with 4546–32,267 in Bacan group and 6746–16,144 in Obi group; morotaianus 3848–27,120. However, survey work in the 1990s gave figures of 56,600–105,900 birds (nominate) for the proposed Lalobata reserve alone, indicating that species might be more secure than was feared. Nevertheless, this species, reputedly a good talker, is one of the most important in domestic trade in Indonesia, and trapping pressure is very high: a minimum of 9600 birds was estimated caught in 1991, a total which needs to be reduced by a factor of 10 to ensure sustainability.

An annual harvest of c. 6,000 birds was estimated in 2012 for Obi I.

Habitat destruction in the Moluccas is still not a major concern, but logging will duly occur throughout the islands.


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