Collared Lory


Collared Lory 20 cm; 71–92 g. Bill orange; crown above a line through eye glossy purplish-black, bordered on nape by elongated bright yellowish-green feathers; back, wings and tail green; face below the eye, upper back and undersides down to mid-belly red; lower belly blackish purple, green on vent and under tail-coverts; legs orange.

Collared Lory parrot

Female has paler, bluish fore­crown, greener on the collar.

Immature duller green and non-elongate on the nape, with darker bill and legs.

Systematics History

Monotypic.

Subspecies

Monotypic.

Distribution

Fiji, except S Lau Archipelago.

Habitat

Forested areas up to 1200 m or more, being plentiful in wetter windward areas, less so in leeward coastal farmlands; also plantations and tree-lined streets in villages and towns.

Collared Lory

Movement

Seasonal movements were reported in some areas, in response to the annual availability of food, e.g. birds move into the Sigatoka Valley, Viti Levu when Erythrina trees bloom in Aug–Sept.

Diet and Foraging

Blossoms of coconut palms, Erythrina indica, and Spathodea campanulata; also fruits of cultivated mango (Mangifera indica) and soursop (Annona muricata).

Collared Lory

COURSE:dsflores

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Calls include several chittering notes such as “tzreet”, given both from perch and in flight, and a more squabbling “tzriririt” when perched.

Breeding

Jul, Nov–Dec. Nest in a hole in tree or stump, sometimes in rotting coconut still attached to the tree. Eggs two; in captivity, incubation c. 30 days, nestling period c. 9 weeks.

Collared Lory

SOURCE:Marcus S Tarte

Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. CITES II. A BirdLife “restricted-range” species. Common in forests and wetter areas on Viti Levu and Vanua Levu; also common on 10 km² Makogai I; rare on Ngau possibly owing to nest-site competition from the common Prosopeia tabuensis.


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