Yellow-streaked Lory

Yellow-streaked Lory

 Yellow-streaked Lory 31 cm; 180–245 g. Generally green; bill, skin at the base of the bill and bare orbital skin black; lores, forehead to mid-crown red, bordered blackish in indistinct patch from base of the lower mandible through ear-coverts to hind crown, shading in turn to green streaking;

irregular red spots and patches on throat and breast; yellow or orange streaks on mantle, breast, and belly; thighs red; underwing-coverts red; yellow band across the underside of flight feathers; underside of tail light greenish-brown, basally red; legs dark grey.

Immature has reduced red on the head. Race chloroptera has mostly green underwing coverts; rubrifrons have wider, more orange streaking on the breast.


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Yellow-streaked Lory

Specific name of Yellow-streaked Lory emended on basis of internal evidence (corrected Latin; ending modified for gender agreement). Three subspecies were recognized.


Chalcopsitta scintillata rubrifrons Scientific name definitions


Aru Is.

Chalcopsitta scintillata scintillata Scientific name definitions


SW and SC New Guinea from Triton Bay E to Fly R.

Chalcopsitta scintillata chloroptera Scientific name definitions


SC and SE New Guinea E from Fly R.


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.


Lowland savanna and forest, disturbed lower montane forest, secondary growth, sago swamps and mangroves, and coconut plantations, up to 800 m.



No information, but given the occupation of savanna, and occurrence in flocks, there may be some seasonal movements; certainly, local abundance seems to be influenced by the periodic blooming of certain trees.

Diet and Foraging

Yellow-streaked Lory feeding Nectar or pollen of Syzygium (without damaging flowers), the nectar of Brassaia actinophylla, sago palms, and Schefflera.

Yellow Streaked Lory | Salman’s Exotic Pet Store | Pet Store Mumbai

SOURCE: Salman’s Exotic Pet Store

Sounds and Vocal Behavior

Not well documented. Yellow-streaked Lory Calls include rather high-pitched short screeches and piercing metallic notes, given in different combinations. Flight calls a loud, harsh, and raspy screech.


Apr and Sept; well-grown fledglings in Feb; male with partly developed gonads in Jul. Yellow-streaked Lory Nest recorded in hollow 24 m up in the tree. Clutch size unknown, but egg size (in captivity) 31·4 mm × 24·1 mm.

Kiwi the Yellow-Streaked Lory bouncing around

SOURCE: KiwitheLory

Conservation Status

Not globally threatened. CITES II. Common, often in flocks of up to 30; at one site in SE New Guinea density estimated at 20 birds/km².

Awesome Yellow Streaked Lory Singing in 1080P HD with Great Close-ups – by John D. Villarreal

SOURCE: John D. Villarreal Digital Ventures

Systematics History

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