Purple-bellied Lory

Purple-bellied Lory 26–27 cm; 137–240 g. Similar to L. lory somu but with cere white, no black on belly, tail distally deep blue-green. Immature has a brownish bill.

Purple-bellied Lory

Race rosselianus pinker red below, streaked violet; devittatus slightly larger lacks black tips found on greater coverts of underwing innominate.


Systematics History

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Forms a species group with L. GarrulusL. domicile, and L. lory. Proposed species L. amabilis (Stresemann’s Lory) are probably described as an aberrant individual of present species from New Britain (devittatus). Three subspecies were recognized.



Lorius hypoinochrous devittatus Scientific name definitions

Bismarck Archipelago, SE New Guinea (E from Huon Bay), Trobriand Is, D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago and Woodlark I.


Lorius hypoinochrous hypoinochrous Scientific name definitions

Misima I and Tagula I (C Louisiade Archipelago).


Lorius hypoinochrous rosselianus Scientific name definitions

Rossel I (E Louisiade Archipelago).


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.


Coconuts apparently favored, but also makes full use of original rain forest, mangroves, forest margins, tall secondary growth, and partially cleared areas, up to 750 m in Bismarcks and up to 1600 m in D’Entrecasteaux Is. Where overlaps with L. lory, more a bird of coastal non-forest vegetation.

Diet and Foraging

Fruit of the characteristic savanna tree Antidesma gaisambullaflowers of Plerandra, blossoms, or very tiny fruits of coconut trees.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Voice quite distinctive, a harsh grating nasal note given at intervals, with only slight variations, such as “eeerr-arh” or “rheeeh”.


Reputedly mid-year, with a nest placed high in a huge tree.

Purple-bellied Lory

SOURCE: obirds

Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common to abundant throughout its range.

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