Purple-bellied Lory

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.

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


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. GarrulusL. domicile, and L. lory. The proposed species L. amabilis (Stresemann’s Lory) are probably described as an aberrant individual of the 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).



Purple-bellied Lory

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 make full use of original rain forests, 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

Purple-bellied Lory eat Fruit of the characteristic savanna tree Antidesma gaisambullaflowers of Plerandra, blossoms, or very tiny fruits of coconut trees.

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

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


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


SOURCE: obirds

Conservation Status

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

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